SEVERAL train stations in Somerset will welcome the arrival of a 'Poppy Train' to transport wreaths to London for remembrance weekend.

Six trains will work to collect over 200 wreaths from GWR stations ahead of the London service on Friday November 10.

The Great Western Railway service will mark 70 years since the end of the Korean War, remembering particularly personnel of the Gloucester Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers, who were involved in some of the heaviest fighting.

Taunton Railway Station will be the first of the Somerset stops for the Poppy Train, which is expected to arrive into the town at 7:24am on Friday November 10.

The train will then travel north through Sedgemoor and into North Somerset before diverting towards London Paddington Station.

It will make stops to collect wreaths at the following Somerset stations:

  • Bridgwater - 7:35am
  • Highbridge & Burnham - 7:42am
  • Weston-super-Mare - 7:55am
  • Weston Milton - 7:59am
  • Worle - 8:03am
  • Yatton - 8:09am
  • Nailsea & Backwell 8:15am


Planned engineering work preventing trains from running between Penzance and Plymouth, will be mitigated by support from a Royal Navy helicopter, and a bus to collect wreaths from stations through the region and carry them to Plymouth.

Danny Greeno, CEO of The Veterans Charity, said:

“We are very proud to have wonderful support from GWR for this Remembrance initiative which is now in its fourth year.

"Poppies To Paddington will once again be hugely poignant, paying respects to the fallen.

"Thanks to great support from the military and railway communities, wreaths are still able to complete their journey from across the South-West to Paddington to form the backdrop to the annual Remembrance service on Platform 1.

“Bringing communities, service personnel and Veterans together to remember in this special way is so important to ensure the sacrifices of the fallen are never forgotten.

"Our sincere thanks to everyone who is helping to make this happen, especially to GWR and RNAS Culdrose.”

Military personnel and veterans attending services of remembrance can travel to and from the events by train for free on Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November.