The East Somerset Railway is mostly run by volunteers and new members are always welcomed. We have a growing membership who all have one thing in common – a desire to preserve our heritage railways and ensure the future of the East Somerset Railway. Membership prices are very reasonable (starting from just £17 per year), yet each new member that joins us makes a fantastic difference in helping to achieve our aims and objectives. There are three types of membership; Annual, Gold and Life. Please see below for more information about each membership.
We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the East Somerset Railway!

Credit: Julia Nest,

Annual Membership

You will receive three day rover tickets giving you to free travel when you visit the ESR (please have these stamped at the Ticket Office on the day of travel). Each ticket is valid for the whole day you visit and entitles you to as many journeys as you wish. You can either use them yourself, or pass them to friends and family, so that they may enjoy the experience. Once you have used your free tickets, if you show your valid membership card at the Ticket Office you can travel at the Concessionary rate (Please note these tickets are not valid on any Dining Trains, or Santa Specials).

We publish a yearly journal which is full of reports from the various departments within the ESR, our current projects and future plans, plus interesting railway articles. It is a lovely, full colour, glossy journal with many photographs and covers approximately 30 pages.

As a member you will be entitled to 10% off books and DVDs for sale in the Cranmore Station Shop.

You will be invited to the AGM where you have the opportunity to contribute to planning the future of the railway to keep our heritage alive, plus you have the right to vote on all resolutions put forward in the meeting.

Credit: David Knapman,
We like all members to be as involved in the railway as they wish. We give opportunities to be trained in a variety of activities connected with the operation of the line; from Ticket Inspector to Engine Driver, helping to maintain the track, engines, carriages, buildings and site, or working in the Ticket Office and Shop. Please see our Volunteering page for more information.

Gold Membership

Gold Membership gives you all of the advantages of Annual Membership, plus in most cases works out cheaper! Gold Membership lasts for five years and offers a saving of around 12% over the Annual subscription price.

Life Membership

Life Membership gives you all of the advantages of Annual and Gold Membership, plus in most cases works out even cheaper! Life Membership lasts for 20 years (for an adult or senior) and offers a saving of around 12% over the Annual and Gold subscription prices.

We offer several different Membership types:

Adult18 - 59 years old
Senior60 years old and over
FamilyTwo Adults and two Children
Joint AdultTwo 18 - 59 years olds
Joint SeniorTwo 60 years old and over
Junior17 years old and under
OverseasOutside the UK

Type Annual Membership Gold Membership Life Membership
Adult£20£88 £352
Senior£17£75 £299
Family£38£167 n/a
Joint Adult£32£140£563
Joint Senior£30£132£528