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West Somerset Mineral Railway

Railways in Exmoor and West Somerset






Exmoor is primarily an upland area made up mainly of small villages and hamlets. The largest settlements are Porlock, Dulverton, Lynton, and Lynmouth, Simonsbath and Wheddon Cross.

The Exmoor and West Somerset region was once home to a number of interesting railways. One of the lesser-known was the West Somerset Mineral railway, which ran from Watchet harbour to the The Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company iron ore mines high in the Brendon hills. Construction of the line began in 1856, and the whole line was completed in March 1861. The line included a 3/4 mile long 1 in 4 incline at Comberow. Although the line was built primarily as a freight line and for the use of miners it also carried regular passengers. The railway closed in November 1898, but was reopened again by another company in 1907, finally closing totally in March 1910. The track itself was commandeered by The Ministry of Munitions in 1917 and completely removed by 1919. Parts of the mineral line can still be walked and many old buildings, especially those connected with the Brendon Mines, can still be seen. Back to Railways in section.


West Somerset Mineral Railway

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Exmoor is a National Park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of south west England. Exmoor is located in two counties, with 71% of the park located in Somerset and 29% located in Devon