Here you can discover our history, find out about CTMS, browse our locomotive and carriage stock and see how to get involved with the railway.

To keep up to date with the wonderful work our volunteers do, why not read our Latest News, Workshop Blog or follow our Facebook page.

Our commercial carriage restoration team, Cranmore Traincare and Maintenance Service (CTMS) are a valued arm of the East Somerset Railway and, like our Workshop, deliver high quality workmanship and are in demand for carriage restoration.

You can also find our Company and Charity details here.


The East Somerset Railway was inaugarated in 1855 and has been through many changes, ups and downs, to its current status as a heritage steam railway.

A full history of the East Somerset Railway can be found in our Guide Book written by Tony Jepson, which is available to purchase for £4.95 from our Cranmore Station Shop but if you would like to know a brief history please click below.

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The first phase of our project to improve Cranmore Station for our visitors has been successfully completed.

We are now working on the second phase of the project in which we plan to complete the down platform and renovate the old station building on the up platform to create a new and much enhanced railway museum. We are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund again for a grant of £50,000 and we are hopeful of success, given the progress we have made on the first phase which has been acknowledged by the HLF.

In addition to this, the ESR will contribute £23,000 towards the costs of the project. This works out at approximately £20 per inch of new platform. We are asking our members to help by giving donations to raise half this amount, £11,500, which the ESR will then match. Donors will be invited to a special opening ceremony when the work has been completed.