Slow the pace of life with a trip at the East Somerset Railway. Nostalgia comes to mind, with thoughts of “yester-year”, guards with flags and whistles, doors closing, the sight and smell of steam in the air, then we are off into a bygone era.
During our five mile return journey, you are pulled by lovingly restored steam engines whilst watching the rolling Mendip Hills drift slowly by.
For our steaming days see our Timetable. Our day rover ticket allows you to ride more than once while you are here. On your journey from Cranmore you go by the miniature railway, and soon pass our Engine Sheds where we restore our steam engines, diesel engines and carriages. Cranmore West Station is a little way beyond the Engine Shed and on the return trip you can get off here to see the work we do, just ask the Guard, its only a five minute walk back to where you started. As you journey down the line, the train pauses at Merryfield Lane Halt where in sunny weather you can picnic, before plunging into the steep sided cutting, a site of special scientific interest and finally arriving at Mendip Vale Station.
You can get off for a while as the engine swaps ends of the train ready for the return journey. From the Carriage window you may be lucky to see some of the many Varieties of wildlife in the area.
Saver Tickets are available from the Shepton Mallet Tourist Information Centre.