At The East Somerset Railway we always want to be busy and ensuring we are protecting Britain's railway heritage for generations to come. 


Find out  more information about our current projects and how you can help.

The headline vision is to return the Signal Box back to its original purpose and function with commissioning of the signalling on The East Somerset Railway, which is turn will safely allow more than one train to run and also contribute towards the commissioning of platford 2.

This project is a significant undertaking both technically and in the volume of work to be carried out. 

Time has been spend engaging with and visiting other heritage railways, visitor centres and S&T practitioners to explore best practice and to validate our thoughts and plans.

Our team of S&T volunteers have been working hard on many tasks to progress with this project:

  • Locating and bringing together the many pieces of signalling equipment to be found around the railway
  • Reorganising the Signal Box, removing to store any items not required in the immediate future
  • Refurbishing the interior of the Signal Box
  • Retoration of the first on many signals, a BR(W) ground signal
  • Preparing the lever frame for relocation so that the lever movements will no longer interfere with the floor joists and also to provision for any extra levers to be added in the future.
  • Restoration of lever Cams, used to connect the levers to the interlocking
  • plus many other tasts behind the scene!

A significant majority of the work is being carried out by our Signalling and Telegraph Volunteers who can often be found on steaming days in the Signal Box engaging with our visitors and imparting their exceptional knowledge.

There are many tasks to go on this project. If we have peaked your interest and you would like to volunteer with our Siganlly and Telegraph team please let us know.

Equally any donations towards this project are greatfully received. 

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Victorian Coaches Project

The East Somerset Railway plans to develop a Victorian train in the coming years and the first of this coaches has been onsite under going restoration since 2020.

This coachis a combination of a Midland Railway coach body and a seperately acquired Midland Railway 6 wheel chassis. The coach body, No.255was built in 1890 as one of 120 identical 3rd class, 5 compartment 6-wheel coaches built that year. The chassis, No.1753 is of a similar vintage and is identical to one that would have been under No.255.

As well as the restoration of the coaches, the plan is to create a building to house these carriages. Material for the groundwork has been offered free by two local quaries but an additional £60,000 is required to fund the actual building.

If you wish to be involved in this project and volunteer as part of the restoration please get in touch. 

Equally any donations are greatfully received to fund this project.

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A Footbridge for Cranmore Station

We are pleased to say that the Network Rail project to replace the listed footbridge at St Erth in Cornwall is going ahead and the East Somerset Railway (ESR) should receive the footbridge during 2023.

The ESR are fortunate in that the structure has recently been repaired by Network Rail and looks in relatively good condition considering its age, and this should reduce the amount of restoration work needed when the bridge finally comes to Cranmore.  Once the tender process is complete, we will start working with Network Rail and their awarded contractor to look at a detailed project schedule for the installation at Cranmore.