Recently whilst wife Sarah and I were in England we visited Minehead and took a ride on the West Somerset Railway (WSR). The WSR is a 22.75-mile heritage steam railway line in Somerset, England. It originally opened in 1862 between Taunton and Watchet. In 1874 it was extended from Watchet to Minehead. It is the longest standard gauge independent heritage railway in the United Kingdom. Services normally operate over just the 20.5 miles (33.0 km) between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard.