The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth

Community Rail at Work

Our rail route connects a series of vibrant communities across five regional boundaries, almost all of whom are involved in one way or another in supporting, enhancing and promoting their local railway. Over 15 years we have gradually built up a family of over a hundred people who voluntarily give part of their busy lives to creating a better experience of the Heart of Wessex line and its stations. In doing so, they make an enormous contribution both to their own communities and to visitors from all over the world who choose to visit our destinations by train. Local independent businesses and events organisers have also worked with us to encourage more people to visit by train, and the partnership enjoys great support from many of the Parish and Town Councils along the route. Improvements to stations, access and information initiated by communities themselves are supported by our Community Projects Grant Fund.