Frequently Asked Questions

This page presents a number of Frequently Asked Questions and provides a quick overview of the railway.

Q: Where is the East Somerset Railway?
A: The East Somerset Railway is near to Shepton Mallet in Somerset. Click on How to get there for directions and maps, post code BA4 4QP
Q: When do trains run?
A: From Mid March to October we run on Saturdays and Sundays, from June, onwards we also run on Wednesdays and during August only we also run on Thursdays as well. We also run on all bank holidays. See the timetable for details
Q: Are Dogs Allowed?
A: Yes we do allow well behaved dogs on leads on most trains at no extra charge (except Dining, Santa and The Gruffalo, PJ Masks and Paw Patrol Events, they are not allowed during the events due to large numbers of excitable children being present which some dogs find stressful.). Assistance dogs welcome at all times
Q: Is there Free Car Parking?
A: Yes we have a large free car park with no height restrictions
Q: How long is the line?
A: The line is currently 2.5 miles long
Q: What special events do you run?
A: See our events page for details of the special events.
Q: Where does the railway run eastwards of Cranmore station?
A: The limit of operation for the ESR eastwards is Cranmore station, but the track continues on to the mainline between Frome and Castle Cary, near the village of Witham. This line is now used for heavy quarry traffic from the Merehead Quarry. The last mile or so before Cranmore is only used for excursion traffic to the ESR.
Q: Can I use the ESR for my special event?
A: Yes of course, we would love to help you celebrate your special event. See the functions page for details or contact the station office on 01749 880417 for more information.
Q: Can you tell me which engine is in steam on a particular date?
A: Whilst there is a engine roster, it is subject to change so it is not feasible to publish it. The station office can usually say what engine is scheduled to run, just give us a call on 01749 880417.