Professor Stephen Hawking visits the West Somerset Railway

PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking took a trip on a new modified carriage of the West Somerset Railway. PHOTO: Submitted.

PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking took a trip on a new modified carriage of the West Somerset Railway. PHOTO: Submitted.

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PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and best selling author of “A Brief History of Time” visited the West Somerset Railway on Wednesday, (August 27).

Professor Hawking was greeted and welcomed at Bishops Lydeard station by Professor John Irven, chairman of the West Somerset Railway plc and Alan Nicholson, the Stationmaster at Bishops Lydeard.

He became one of the first passengers to travel in carriage number 4884, recently been modified by the WSR’s Carriage and Wagon Department to allow wheelchair passengers to travel with good all round views of the Somerset countryside and in the company of their friends and families.

Professor Hawking thoroughly enjoyed his time on England’s longest “heritage” railway accompanied by members of his family, and the WSR said they would be delighted to welcome him back again.

John Irven said: “We welcome many wheelchair passengers to the line each year and are always pleased when these visitors have the proverbial ‘grand day out’ with us.

"It was gratifying for all those involved in the long hours of work on 4884 that one of its first users was a figure of international renown and recognition in such a prestigious academic field."

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1:34pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Steve Edge says...

Great story and great work by the Railway. Good to see the motorised wheelchair, slightly larger than a standard wheelchair, gain access to that much improved area. Well done WSR for giving a bit more space than "standard". Now almost all wheelchair users will be able to enjoy the trip on the best heritage railway in the land.
Great story and great work by the Railway. Good to see the motorised wheelchair, slightly larger than a standard wheelchair, gain access to that much improved area. Well done WSR for giving a bit more space than "standard". Now almost all wheelchair users will be able to enjoy the trip on the best heritage railway in the land. Steve Edge
  • Score: 6

8:35pm Fri 29 Aug 14

samanthasmith says...

Great story and great work by the Railwayaaaaa
and s
Great story and great work by the Railwayaaaaa and s samanthasmith
  • Score: -4

2:32pm Sat 30 Aug 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

samanthasmith wrote:
Great story and great work by the Railwayaaaaa
and s
Hsve you had a head injury or something?
[quote][p][bold]samanthasmith[/bold] wrote: Great story and great work by the Railwayaaaaa and s[/p][/quote]Hsve you had a head injury or something? GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Dunfo87 says...

wow
wow Dunfo87
  • Score: -1

5:22pm Sun 31 Aug 14

KevinTurvey says...

He was there to check if Einstein's Special Theory still holds below 20 mph.
He was there to check if Einstein's Special Theory still holds below 20 mph. KevinTurvey
  • Score: 1
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