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. A growing number of people 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. Representatives from groups all along the line come together several times a year in our Community Rail Working Party to exchange ideas and meet managers from the train company. Improvements to stations, access and information initiated by communities themselves are supported by our Community Projects Grant Fund