The carriage will be available to hire
from May 2018.

The CCCC at Blue Anchor is a GWR Toplight Corridor Third Carriage built in 1914 - so it will be 104 years old in 1918! At present most of the actual toplights are still blocked up but we are very much hoping to rectify this in a later phase of the restoration.


Opposite - BEFORE the latest restoration, showing the blocked 'toplight'.


The Great Western Railway (GWR) started camping coach holidays in 1935 after the LMS (London Midland and Scottish Railway) got in first with the idea just 2 years earlier.

Blue Anchor was in the first group of four GWR locations. Camping coaches have been located at Blue Anchor almost continually ever since, however we believe the present coach has been there since the early 1980s.

GWR Camping-Coach poster

After external restoration, the CCCC is looking
more like how it should!


Historic and technical details of the carriage can be found HERE

The 'Toplight' has been at Blue Anchor since the 1980s. It was converted from a regular railway carriage to a camping coach, after some 45 years of running in service, It went to the Brunel Camping Coach Park at Dawlish Warren in 1957 and stayed there for over 20 years until being moved to its present location.

It has now spent more than half its life as a camping coach!

British Rail Camping Coaches across the rail network were finally withdrawn by BR in 1971.



The line through Blue Anchor closed at the start of January 1971. After closure it was rescued by volunteers and reopened in Easter 1976 with trains running between Minehead and Blue Anchor as the West Somerset Railway.

A comprehensive history of the line, complete with other information about the railway and the surrounding area, can be found on the ...

West Somerset Railway Site

The company is supported and largely staffed by the West Somerset Railway Association. The WSRA also has a website...

West Somerset Railway Association