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Minehead sets late winter break for major upgrade

NEW West Somerset Railway plc chairman Jonathan Jones-Pratt has vowed to make a complete spring clean of the line in order to bring it into the 21st century.

Appointed as acting chairman two months ago but now having taken on the position permanently, Jonathan has arranged for Britain’s longest standard gauge heritage railway (22¾ miles) to be closed from January 2 until March 30, in order to enable infrastructure to be modernised where appropriate, along with a thorough review of all administrative and financial procedures and practices.

He has brought in Tyseley powerhouse Bob Meanley as acting head of mechanical engineering to assist with the major revamp

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