The East Somerset Railway

50th Anniversary Gala

Unfortunately, we have been advised by the 6880 Betton Grange Society that contractors working on the locomotive will not be able to complete the work in time for our 50th Anniversary Steam Gala on 16/17 March.

However, we are tremendously grateful to the Didcot Railway Centre for allowing us the hire of new build GWR Saint, 2999 ‘Lady of Legend’ which will stand in for the Grange at the event.

Completed in 2019, the Saint is a faithful recreation of Great Western Edwardian elegance with the first member of the class introduced in 1902. Saints were a common sight on GWR express services up until the 1950’s with the last being withdrawn in 1953.

2999 is set to be the first of its class to ever traverse the ESR and will appear alongside home-fleet locos GWR Large Prairie 4110, LMS Ivatt 2MT 46447 and Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST 1719 ‘Lady Nan’.

2999’s visit is courtesy of the Didcot Railway Centre.

All locomotives appear subject to availability.


Trains next run on

16 Mar 24

Steam Gala

  • 10:30, 11:25 12:20 13:15 14:10 15:05 16:00
17 Mar 24

Steam Gala

  • 10:30, 11:25 12:20 13:15 14:10 15:05 16:00
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The friendly steam railway

We provide a large, free car park, a short walk from Cranmore Station.  This main station building houses The Station Cafe and Toilets at ground level, the Ticket Office and Shop at platform level.  For the children there is a Play Area situated next to the Cafe patio, so the adults can enjoy some refreshments while the kids let off steam!
The Station Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 - 16:30 in season and the Ticket Office and Shop are open Tuesday-Friday 10.30am-3.30pm. Visit The Station Cafe website here
As well as steam train rides we have many special events for visitors to enjoy throughout our season, plus a variety of dining trains to savour and for the enthusiast footplate experiences, to get up close to the wonder of steam! Our station waiting room replica musuem at the end of the platform, hosts an interesting selection of memorabilia and is one not to miss. 
East Somerset Models is an independent shop based in a small building on the left side of the car park.  They stock a wide range of model railway items and please see their website HERE for opening times and further details.

In 2018 The East Somerset Railway won funding by The National Lottery to support projects - visit our news section for updates and more information ESR Wins Lottery Funding


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