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Frequently asked questions

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A list of commonly posed questions about the Mineral Line and the Mineral Line project and the answers to them



Is the railway being re-built?

The project received funding to conserve several important industrial structures associated with the West Somerset Mineral Railway.  The track was dismantled in 1917 and many other remains of the railway are now on privately owned land; some people live in the former WSMR buildings, others have the route of the old line running through their gardens.  It is not the intention of the project to open up the entire section of the railway or re-lay train tracks.


Can you go into the mines?

The project has focussed on sites above the ground.  Due to dangerous conditions underground the former mine sites have been filled in and are not accessible to the public.