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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK
Railway's massive expansion plan
Steam train
West Somerset Railway will spend money improving the service
A steam railway in Somerset has announced a 1m 10-year expansion plan.

The West Somerset Railway, which runs between Minehead and Williton, wants to increase its passenger numbers from 187,000 to 250,000 a year.

The scheme could see a travel centre built in Minehead alongside a seafront "turntable" for reversing the trains.

The railway's chairman, Chris Austin, said: "We will be investing 1m in the purchase and restoration of locomotives to serve this line."

Money will also be spent improving the signalling along the 20-mile route.

The railway has also a purchased 33 acre site at Norton Firzwarren where it could eventually link the steam line to the Great Western mainline.




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