Events & Experiences

Diesel Gala and Rail Ale Trail

The West Somerset Railway will be having their Diesel Gala and Rail Ale Trail from 9th - 11th June 2017.

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West Somerset Railway
Don Bishop

The West Somerset Railway is proud to present three days of heritage diesel traction.

Both Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June 2017 will be both 'Diesel only' whilst Sunday 11th June will see one steam locomotive in service.

For this Gala the D&EPG have confirmed they will have four heritage diesel locomotives available for service:

  • Class 33 "Crompton" diesel electric No D6575 (33057)
  • Class 35 "Hymek" diesel hydraulic No D7017
  • Class 47/8  diesel electric No D1661 "North Star"
  • Class 52 "Western" diesel hydraulic No D1010 "Western Campaigner"

More visiting locomotives to be confirmed

  • Class 26 diesel electric No D5343 
  • BR Class 20 No. D8059
  • BR Class 20 No. D8188 

A mix of passenger and freight trains will operate on both Friday and Saturday whilst Sunday will be for passengers only.

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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.

The Society of SIBA Independent Brewers


Timetable for the Diesel Gala and Rail Ale Trail

The Timetables for the event can be found here



Ticket Type Advance  On the Day
Adult (18-59) 1 Day Rover £21.60 £24.00
Senior (60+) 1 Day Rover £19.35 £21.50
Young Person (5-17) 1 Day Rover £10.80  £12.00
Family (2 Adults and 2 Young Persons) 1 Day Rover £58.50 £65.00
Multi Day Tickets     
Adult/Senior 2 Day Rover  £34.20 £38.00
Young Person (5 - 17) 2 Day Rover  £17.10 £19.00
Adult/Senior 3 Day Rover  £50.40  £56.00
Young Person (5-17) 3 Day Rover  £25.20  £28.00
Rail Ale Trail

The West Somerset Railway has teamed up with Society of Independent Brewers to offer a rail ale trail throughout the Diesel Gala. Some stations along the railway will be home to Brewers from different regions in the south with Bishops Lydeard housing Somerset Brewers, Stogumber Dorset, Cornwall and Guernsey. Minehead housing, Devon Brewers. There will be no additional charge to access the stations over this event. 

Over 18's are permitted to purchase up to 4 beer tokens for £1.25 each in advance of the day. The tokens will then need to be surrendered at bar on the day so please ensure that these are printed and brought with you. Beer tokens can also be purchased for £1.50 on the day. Upon surrendering your voucher you may be asked for ID, so please ensure you bring this with you. If you do not have ID and are believed to be under 18 we will reserve the right to not serve you and no refunds of the tokens will be given. By clicking on the terms and conditions acceptance upon purchasing your tickets, you are agreeing to this. 

Bishops Lydeard  Stogumber Minehead 
Cotleigh  Brewhouse and Kitchen  Hanlons 
Exmoor Gyle 59 Exe Valley 
Quantock   Flying Monk  Crossed Anchor
Milk Street  Hop Kettle  Summerskills
Plain Ales Dark Revolution  Salcombe 
Dawkins Ales Castle Combe Brewery  South Hams
Moor Beer  Three Daggers ISCA 
Windy Brewery     
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

Independent brewers include: Bishops Lydeard - Somerset Brewers, Stogumber - Dorset Brewers, Cornwall and Guernsey, Minehead - Devon Brewers


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 much 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