On July 5, 1865, the Minehead Railway was founded. There was no start of construction work, so the company was liquidated in 1870. On June 29, 1871, the West Somerset Railway re-established the company on the basis of the existing concession. On July 16, 1874, the broad gauge of 2140 mm railway line from Watchet to Minehead was opened. In Watchet there was a transition to the railway line of the West Somerset Railway from Taunton . The operation and maintenance of the railway line was carried out by the Bristol and Exeter Railway . In October 1882 the line was switched to standard gauge . The Great Western Railway took over the Minehead Railway on August 6, 1897.
- Christopher Awdry: Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies . Patrick Stephens Limited, Wellingborough 1990, ISBN 1-85260-049-7 .