Membership


The East Somerset Railway is 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 to ensure the on-going future of the East Somerset Railway. Membership prices are very reasonable, starting from just £17, yet each new member that joins us makes a fantastic difference to the East Somerset Railway in helping us to achieve our aims and objectives. There are three types of membership; Annual, Gold and Life – read below for more information about the differences.

Please note these new benefits are only valid for memberships or renewal memberships purchased in 2016

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the East Somerset Railway!

Annual Membership

Members who subscribe by Annual Membership receive the following benefits:

Three vouchers per year entitling you to free travel (which you simply exchange at the Booking Office of the day of travel). Each ticket is valid for a whole day, for as many journeys as are available that day. You can either use them yourself, or pass them on to friends or family so that they may enjoy the experience. Once you have used your free tickets, on production of a valid membership card you can travel at the concession rate. Please note these tickets are not valid on Wine and Dine, or Santa Trains

A yearly magazine is full of information about the Railway, its history and future plans, reports from the various departments, containing many photographs, this quality full colour illustrated magazine spans approximately 30 pages.

10% off books and DVD’s available for sale in the shop

An invitation to the annual AGM where you have the opportunity to contribute to planning the Railway’s future and keeping our heritage alive and you have the all important right to vote on all resolutions put to the meeting.

The chance to help run YOUR railway, with opportunities to be trained in a variety of activities connected with the operation of the line, from Ticket Inspector to Engine Driver, or helping out in the ticket office and shop or helping to maintain the track, site or buildings. See our Volunteering page for more information.

Gold Membership

Gold Membership gives you additional advantages over and above annual membership, and in most cases works out cheaper as well. Gold Membership lasts for five years. Subscriptions offers a saving of around 12% over the standard, annual subscription, and of course as a Gold Member you will also receive 3 vouchers every year of your member years, after that you will also have concession rate travel for yourself on as many days as you wish throughout the year on production of a valid membership card (Wine and Dine and Santa Trains excluded).

Life Membership

Life Membership gives you additional advantages over and above annual membership, and in most cases works out cheaper as well. Life Membership lasts for 20 years (Adult or Over 60). Subscriptions offers a saving of around 12% over the standard, annual subscription, and of course as a Life Member you will also receive 3 vouchers every year of your member years, after that you will also have concession rate travel for yourself on as many days as you wish throughout the year on production of a valid membership card (Wine and Dine and Santa Trains excluded).

The work`s photo of the finished loco!

Costs for Membership 2016

Annual Membership

Adult £20

Senior £17

Family £38

Joint Adult £32

Joint Senior £30

Junior £17

Overseas £27


Gold Members (which includes the 12% discount)

Adult £88

Senior £75

Family £167

Joint Adult £140

Joint Senior £132

Junior £75

Overseas £118


Life Members (which includes the 12% discount)

Adult £352

Senior £299

Joint Adult £563

Joint Senior £528

Overseas £475