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Steam Railway Ride


• Ride the East Somerset Railway in Cranmore all day
• Standard (min 2 people) and family rover tickets
• Hop on and hop off between Cranmore & Mendip Vale
• Visit the museum, engine shed, signal box etc
Day Rover Railway Ticket



What's Included

• Unlimited travel on any normal service day
• Relax and enjoy a steam ride through the beautiful Mendip countryside
• The train journey is approximately 40 minutes over a 5 mile round trip
• You are welcome to ride as many times as you like on your visit
• Visit the engine shed, workshop and David Shepherd Discovery Centre
• Allow around 3-5 hours for this experience

What Can I Expect

Immerse yourself in a wonderful world full of locomotives and rolling stock from a bygone age when you book your ticket to ride on our steam railway experience! The East Somerset Railway is a small and friendly steam railway centre just a few miles outside Shepton Mallet and this experience allows you to travel freely all day long, so you can really make the most of your day out.

This steam train line originally ran from Witham to Wells, but the route experienced the harsh reality of the Beeching cuts and the passenger route was shut in 1963. Freight trains did continue, with bitumen trains using parts of the line right up until 1985 and stone trains going as far as Merehead Quarry.

As it happens, steam fan David Shepherd was looking for a railway to runs his locos. Despite his lack of experience, at the height of the cuts David had simply, as he says, "Picked up the 'phone to British Rail and bought two locomotives". For the princely sum of £5000, he had two well-maintained trains, one that was BR standard class 9F 2-10-0 92203 just eight years old and 75029 a 4-6-0 just a few years older. During his search he came across a very sad and overgrown railway line at Cranmore in 1971...

And thanks to the tenacity of David Shepherd and his enthusiastic band of steam-mad volunteers, the railway experienced a rebirth in 1973 when when it re-opened as a heritage railway. The ESR now runs from Cranmore to Mendip Vale, serving train stations Cranmore West and Merryfield Lane in between and it has breathed life back into the valley.

Nowadays there is so much waiting to be explored on this steam railway, which, in our experience is one of the friendliest there is! The main terminus at Cranmore now boasts a miniature railway, museum, waiting room, ticket office, shop, restaurant, art gallery and model shop. Further along is the signal box with a delightful picnic area where you can watch the trains trundle past. Either a short train hop or a walk away is Cranmore West, where the engine sheds are located that house current restoration projects

Your steam railway experience gives you an all day rover ticket for the ESR at Cranmore in Somerset, so on a standard schedule day, you can catch as many of the steam or diesel trains that are running passengers services as you like. You can hop on and off so you can visit all the stops at your leisure. Make sure you count in time to head over the Maesdown Bridge so you watch the trains pass underneath with the steam billowing out of the loco's funnels - a brilliant photo opportunity.


• Open weekends from March to October and selected weekdays in the summer
• Vouchers are valid for most special events but not childrens character visit days , Day Out with Thomas, Evening Wine & Dines or Santa Specials


• Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Suitable For

• This experience is for a minimum of two people
• Under 17s must be accompanied by a participating adult
• Family Tickets provide unlimited travel on any normal service day for two adults and two children


• You are more than welcome to bring family and friends, however they will be required to purchase a ticket on the day

Anything Else

• Home-made meals and refreshments can be purchased from the Whistlestop Cafe


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 5
Recommend to Friend 5
about 4 years ago
A great little railway with lots to see beside an enjoyable train ride.
about 4 years ago
We had a super day at what felt to be a hidden treasure! There was plenty to do and entertain our 4 yo (and the oldies who like trains!) and all the volunteers were so friendly and helpful. Will most certain plan to visit again.
about 5 years ago
An excellent trip on the steam railway riding as many times as we liked. If you like steam experiences would recommend this experience.
about 5 years ago
My friends thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will possibly do the trip again. It was a gift from me to them and they were delighted.
Joan Tutton
about 6 years ago
it was a pleasant couple of hours
andrew taylor
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Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
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Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

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* 93% delivered next working day

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Vouchers are usually valid for 23 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 23 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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