Events & Experiences

Autumn Steam Gala

The West Somerset Railway will be holding their Autumn Steam Gala from 5th - 8th October

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West Somerset Railway
Sylvia Way

Our 2017 Autumn Steam Gala will take place between October 5th & 8th.

We will have a large fleet of steam engines in action over the four days. The line-up is as follows:


From To 8th October 2017
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Prices for this event could vary from day to day, click the links above to see prices for your chosen date.

Visiting Locomotives

Visiting Locomotives:

British Railways Class 5MT 73082 “Camelot”

British Railways Southern Region Light Pacific 34046 “Braunton” (which may appear as 34052 “Lord Dowding”)

British Railways (Western Region) Manor’s 7820 “Dinmore Manor” and 7822 “Foxcote Manor”

Thanks go to locomotive owners and other heritage railways for making their locomotives available to us for hire.

Home Fleet Locomotives

Home fleet:

Great Western Railway “Modified Hall” 6960 “Raveningham Hall”

London Midland and Scottish Railway Class 4F 44422

Somerset and Dorset Railway Class 7F 53808

Ex Somerset and Dorset Railway Class 7F 53809

Peckett saddle tank “Kilmersdon”

Andrew Barclay saddle tank 1219

Full details of locomotive workings will be found in the Souvenir Gala Programme which can be ordered in advance now or bought on the day at WSR stations (except Doniford Halt)

Other attractions during the event

Other attractions during the event include:-

Minehead Workshops being partially open on Saturday and Sunday

The Depot and Heritage Centre of the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group at Williton open on all four days.

Railways Museums open at Bishops Lydeard, Washford and Blue Anchor.

The Club Room of the Taunton Model Railway Group at Bishops Lydeard open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Heritage Freight Train at work including shunting demonstrations at Minehead on Saturday and Sunday.

Planned chimney first running of all locomotives on Saturday and Sunday with Minehead turntable and Norton Fitzwarren turntable in use. Turning may be possible on Thursday and Friday but will be confirmed at a later date.

Licensed buffet cars on most trains plus cafes at Bishops Lydeard and Minehead and refreshments available at stations except Doniford Halt.

Model Railway Sale at Watchet station on Saturday October 7th 10.00 to 15.00

Model railway of Stogumber station in action at Stogumber station

Further details including any special events at stations during the Gala and workings by the “Quantock Belle” (the “QB” is not pre-bookable during Gala events) will be published here later.