Events & Experiences

Diesel Gala - Vintage Diesels to the Seaside

The West Somerset Railway will be having their Diesel Gala from 8th - 10th June 2018.

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West Somerset Railway
Thomas Gulliford

The West Somerset Railway is proud to present three days of heritage diesel traction taking us back to the 1970's and 80's, when a variety of Diesel locomotive types were employed to transport holiday makers and day trippers to the seaside.


Speed restrictions + long carriage formations + Washford / Bishops Lydeard banks combine to make this event THRASHTASTIC!!


Ride the shuttles to Norton Fitzwarren for rare track.


Enjoy Real Ale at the nearby Quantock Brewery


More information regarding the event including, visiting locomotives, and which members of our impressive home fleet will be in operation will be released shortly.

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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

To be confirmed

Home Fleet Locomotives

Class 14 'Teddy Bear' No. 9526

Class 33 'Crompton' No. D6566

Class 33 'Crompton' No. D6575 

Class 35 'Hymek' No. D7017 

Class 35 'Hymek' No. D7018

Class 47 'North Star' No D1661

Class 52 'Western Campaigner' No. D1010

Museums and Model Railways

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Museum at Washford and Great Western Museum at Blue Anchor will both be open. The Taunton Model Railway Group based at Bishop’s Lydeard will also be open, as will a model railway display in the Gauge Museum.

Please note that entry to these off train local attractions costs a small separate admission charge which helps maintain these facilities.


Bar and buffet facilities will be available on most trains, serving a good range of high quality hot and cold food, tea/coffee and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Refreshments, including hot food, will be available at principal stations including Bishops Lydeard, Williton and Minehead. Light refreshments may also be available at Blue Anchor, Stogumber, and Crowcombe Heathfield, offering teas, coffees, cakes, ice cream and sweets.


At Williton, home of the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group for over 30 years, you will have the chance to visit their Diesel Depot and Visitor Centre, which features information about the history of the diesel hydraulic locomotives on the former Western Region of British Railways.

The Workshops will be open so you can see behind the scenes and one locomotive under repair will be available to view. The depot will also be hosting a second hand model railway dealer. The depot will be open on all 3 days from 9.30 to 17.00