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The Friendly Steam Railway
Welcomes You

Come to the lovely village of Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset to meet our friendly staff and take a relaxing ride on our heritage steam train. The train journey is approximately 40 minutes over our 5 mile round trip and you are welcome to ride as many times as you like on your visit! We are one of very few steam railways where you can visit our Engine Shed and Workshop, as well as enjoying our small Museum, Signal Box, Miniature Railway (Signal Box and Miniature Railway open on specific days), Shop and Whistlestop Café serving delicious home-made meals each day we are in steam (the café will be closed from 11.45am–1pm when our Sunday Lunch service is running).

For Signal Box opening times please click here

For Miniature Railway running times please click here

For our Whistlestop Café please click here

Please allow at least 2-3 hours to relax and enjoy your steam train ride through the beautiful Mendip countryside as well as visiting the other parts of the railway. Our friendly staff are always available to assist in any way, if you have any queries or require any help.

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We have a large car park situated next to Cranmore Station with several Disabled spaces and it can also accommodate a few coaches. For flat access to the platform please take the small lane to the right of our main entrance (signed no entry but please ignore this) and follow it to the old station buildings. There are a couple of Disabled spaces here plus a drop off/pick up area with flat access straight onto the platform.

In addition to our Whistlestop Café patio seating, we have some grass picnic areas that customers are welcome to use. These are situated next to the Children's play area, by the car park and there are some additional picnic tables by the Miniature Railway.

If you have any questions please Email us or Telephone 01749 880417 (Press option 3).

We hope you enjoy your time at The Friendly Steam Railway and if you are able to spare a few pennies as a donation we would really appreciate it. Donations go towards keeping our lovely heritage steam railway open for everyone to enjoy for years to come!

Getting Here, Timetable and Ticket Prices

For full details and maps of how to reach us please click here

To view our Timetable please click here

To view our Ticket Prices please click here

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Dogs and Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are allowed to accompany their owner in all areas of the railway including the café and dining carriages (please let us know that an Assistance Dog will be with you when booking for our dining trains).

We know that dogs are an important part of family life for many people and that you do not want your faithful friend to miss out on a day at the East Somerset Railway! We love dogs so much that they get to ride free and all we ask is that your dog does not travel on the carriage seats and are kept on a lead at all times (only Assistance Dogs are allowed in our Whistlestop Café and dining carriages).

Water bowls are available at the bottom of the main entrance steps and on the platform, plus free dog treats available in the Shop.

Disabled Access

Due to the age of our heritage carriages and their fixed seating we are unable to seat wheelchairs and mobility scooters in the main carriages. We have an adapted carriage for mobility impaired visitors which is accessed via a ramp with seating areas for carers. For more information on Disabled Access please click here

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Dementia Groups

With increased awareness of dementia we have found that sufferers of this debilitating illness find a visit to the ESR extremely beneficial. The evoking sights and sounds of a steam engine as it pulls into Cranmore Station stimulate wonderful memories and a ride on the train takes them back to a time when steam was part of daily life. Many dementia sufferers enjoy the comfort of these strong memories, or maybe it is just the relaxed chuff as the countryside rolls by.
If you have any questions about visiting us with a group please see our Groups page.

Contact Information

Cranmore Railway Station, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4QP

Telephone: 01749 880417

Email: click here

Website: www.eastsomersetrailway.com

Grid Reference: Explorer Map 142, Grid reference ST665435

Office hours: Tuesday-Friday 10.30am-3.30pm.