The East Somerset Railway is very grateful to receive any donation and no matter how big or small, all donations help us to run the railway and keep our steam heritage alive.

A One off Donation

If you would like to make a one off donation to the East Somerset Railway you can do this by simply placing cash in our donation boxes when you visit the station, by sending us a cheque, or by making a donation online.

Regular donations by Standing Order

Making a small, regular donation by Standing Order is an inexpensive way of helping the East Somerset Railway. If you would like to make a donation this way it can be easily arranged through your bank. Most banks have facilities to set up a Standing Order online.

For details on how to set a Standing Order with the ESR please contact our Accounts Department by e-mailing [email protected] or call 01749 880417.

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Cranmore Station Heritage Project Appeal

The first phase of our project to improve Cranmore Station for our visitors has been successfully completed. The first part of rebuilding the down platform front wall is finished, together with the waiting room which will become the “David Shepherd Discovery Centre,” housing many new displays illustrating our railway heritage and opening to the public at the start of the new season. The interest shown by the public in the project confirms how valuable it will be to the future of the ESR.

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. 

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Remember the East Somerset Railway in your Will

For the East Somerset Railway, like many charities, a legacy provides more substantial funding.  It is also a way of helping to remember the life of someone who supported the East Somerset Railway or just had a love of steam.

Leaving a legacy is a great way of donating a larger sum to a cause which is close to your heart, something which is not always possible to do in your lifetime. We are extremely grateful for every legacy or gift we receive and do our utmost to honour any wishes that are made.

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