Steam Gala 2020

From: 21st Mar 2020
Graeme Bristow

21/22 March 2020

At this year’s Spring Gala, the ESR will be running an intensive passenger train service with 5 locomotives in steam:

46447 – ESR’s flagship loco

5239 - recently returned to service following overhaul in the ESR’s workshops

4555 – new arrival at the ESR, on loan from the Dartmouth Steam Railway

5637 – ESR stalwart, making a farewell appearance.

1719 Lady Nan

Our day rover ticket allows you access to all services and you are welcome to visit the Engine Shed and Workshop to see the restoration and maintenance work carried out by our volunteers. Talk to our staff and see how passionate we are about our trains and the bygone era of steam.

Making its final appearance before returning to operate at the Dartmouth Steam Railway will be 2-8-0 5239. This will be a rare opportunity to see this powerful locomotive operating at the ESR. After over 20 years at the ESR, loco 5637 will be making its farewell appearance before its boiler ticket expires.

Next to the Engine Shed you can have a Driver for a Tenner experience driving Lady Nan up and down the sidings. 

The Miniature Railway will be operating alongside the main line for a £1 fare (please note the Miniature Railway will not run in poor weather conditions). Here you can enjoy a rest in our picnic area, which is adjacent to the main line.

The Whistlestop Cafe will be serving delicious homemade hot and cold food, cakes and refreshments all day.

Trains will depart at the following times:


Dep Cranmore    Leading Engine   Trailing Engine   Dep Mendip Vale   Leading Engine   Trailing Engine
10:00 5637 5239   10:20 5239  
10:50 4555     11:10 5637 4555
11:40 46447     12:00 46447  
12:30 4555 5239   12:50 5239  
13:20 5637     13:40 4555/5637  
14:10 46447     14:30 46447  
15:00 5637/4555     15:20 5637(Sat)
15:50 5239     16:10 5637(Sat)

Dates for Steam Gala 2020