Come to the lovely village of Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset to meet our friendly staff and take a relaxing ride on our heritage steam trains.
The train journey is approximately 40 minutes over our 5 mile mile round trip. You are welcome to ride as many times as you like on your visit - subject to availability of seats. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing, pre booking is now essential to guarantee a place on the train of your choice.
We are one of very few steam railways where you can visit our engine shed and workshop to see restoration in progress by our skilled bunch of volunteers
We have a newly refurbished museum, waiting room and ticket office. There is also the David Shepherd Discovery Centre on our restored second platform which celebrates the history of our railway and the life of the world famous wildlife artist whose vision for the railway made it what it is today.
The signal box and miniature railway are also open on specific days – see website for details.
We have a well stocked shop and the Whistlestop Café serves a great range of food and drink. You are also able to take afternoon tea on our Mendip Belle coach on certain days – pre-booking essential.
We have a large, free car park with disabled spaces There is ramp access to the platform and wheelchair accessible seating on the train. We are working towards becoming dementia friendly across the whole site. We welcome dogs, which travel free.
Our friendly staff and volunteers are always available to assist in any way.
The East Somerset Railway has made it possible to have a great steam ride from Cranmore to the end of the line and then walk back through the pretty Mendip countryside using footpaths and quiet lanes. The walk is reasonably flat.
There are good views across the Somerset countryside. Dogs can ride on the train free of charge and will enjoy the ramble back but must be on a lead in fields with livestock. As with all country rambles you may encounter areas of mud and in high summer sections of paths, including the railway path (which is only open officially when trains are running) may be overgrown. You will see lots of wild flowers and you may see deer and plenty of birds.
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Due to the age of our heritage carriages and their fixed seating we are unable to seat wheelchairs and mobility scooters in the main carriages. We have an adapted carriage for mobility impaired visitors which is accessed via a ramp with seating areas for carers.
Assistance Dogs are allowed to accompany their owner in all areas of the railway including the café and dining carriages (please let us know that an Assistance Dog will be with you when booking for our dining trains).
No need to leave Rover the Dog behind when you buy your day rover! Dogs are very welcome at the railway and can travel free of charge as long as they don't take up a seat!
We don't allow dogs into the dining carriages or Whistlestop cafe, but we have plenty of outside seating, loads of water bowls and if Rover visits the shop he may get a dog treat.
We also have a resident canine Meeter and Greeter - Barney the Station Dog who has his own Facebook page. He'd love to see you!Barney the station dog
In addition to our Whistlestop Café patio seating, we have some grass picnic areas that customers are welcome to use. These are situated next to the Children's play area, by the car park and there are some additional picnic tables by the Miniature Railway.
We hope you enjoy your time at The Friendly Steam Railway and if you are able to spare a few pennies as a donation we would really appreciate it. Donations go towards keeping our lovely heritage steam railway open for everyone to enjoy for years to come!