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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Sleeper Appeal

As you may be aware, we spent February renewing some of the rails along the ESR line, which was successfully completed by Tom and his wonderful team of volunteers.

They also replaced many sleepers from our previous Sleeper Appeal but we now urgently need to replace more (it’s like painting the Forth Bridge!).  We have the  opportunity to acquire a large quantity of concrete sleepers cheaply and need your help to take advantage of this great offer – the more money donated the more we can buy!

We would like to raise around £4,000 for this purpose.

The sleepers are concrete rather than wood but the existing wooden ones need renewing on regular basis, so the concrete ones will cover our needs for a long time.

Any donation you can give, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated.  You will be helping to fund an essential project, whilst keeping track maintenance costs down, so we can spend this money on other areas in the railway to keep  improvements going.

There are a couple of ways to donate.  Either via our website,, please click on Book Tickets at the top of the Home Page and scroll down to the Sleeper Appeal section.  Or by cash, cheque or card at the Ticket Office when you visit the station.

We thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.

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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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