Events & Experiences

Spring Steam Gala

Join the West Somerset Railway to enjoy Somerset Steam in Springtime. Where we enjoy visits from an array of locomotives from far and wide.

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West Somerset Railway

Join the West Somerset Railway to enjoy Somerset Steam in Springtime. Where we enjoy visits from an array of locomotives from far and wide. Visiting Locomotives for the event, EX-BR(WR) 1500 Class 0-6-0 Pannier Tank N0 1501, LMS Class 4F 0-6-0 No 43924, EX-BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 No 78018, EX - GWR 51xx class 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2T No 5199. The Home fleet in operation will be GWR 4-6-0 No 6960 Raveningham Hall, LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44422, Somerset and Dorset Joint Railways 2-8-0 No 53808 and 53809. Tickets are on sale now. 

If you would like to purchase a multi-day ticket for this event, please click here 

Dates
From To 30th April 2017 Multi day tickets Tickets available
09:00 Single day tickets Tickets available
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Prices
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Attractions

Locomotives are to be confirmed.

  • The following attractions will be open during the Gala
  • The WSR Steam Trust Museum at Blue Anchor Station
  • The S&DJR Trust Museum at Washford Station
  • GWR shuttles from Taunton Station to Bishops Lydeard will be available on the Saturday and Sunday of the Gala
  • Museum and Model Railway at Bishops Lydeard Station
  • The Taunton Model Railway Clubhouse at Bishops Lydeard Station (Monday to Saturday)
Catering
  • Bar and Buffet facilities will be available on most trains
  • Breakfast, luncheon and Tea will be available on one train (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Station Cafe facilities will be available at Minehead, Williton and Bishops Lydeard
  • Light refreshments will be available at Dunster, Blue Anchor, Washford, Watchet, Stogumber and Crowcombe Heathfield Stations
  • Quantock Brewery public bars will be available at Bishops Lydeard and Minehead
  • The Oggy Oggy Pasty Van Man will be just outside Minehead Station
Depot & Works
  • The WSR Company Steam Locomotive Depot at Minehead Station (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • The WSRA Restortions Works at Willton Station (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • The DEPG Diesel Depot and Heritage Centre at Williton Station
Model Railway

 The Taunton Model Railway Group’s club room at Bishops Lydeard station will feature their superb  4 mm scale model of Bath (Green Park) station in action o Upstairs in the Gauge Museum the OO  layout will have models of appropriate locos in action.

Access

Buses of Somerset service 28 runs from Taunton bus station to Minehead calling at Taunton railway station and Bishops Lydeard station en route and via stops close to Watchet and Washford stations. This runs half hourly Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays.  

Accommodation

The following is a non-comprehensive guide to where you could find accommodation during the special Somerset and Dorset gala events in March. The best general points of information are the Tourist Information Centres at Taunton (01823 340740), Watchet (01984 632101), Minehead (01643 702624) and Porlock (01984 863150). 

Please note that the West Somerset Railway is listing these places.  It would be sensible to check out on TripAdvisor or similar sites to see what travellers say and to find prices.  

A number of the Minehead hotels and bed & breakfasts can be contacted via the website www.stayinminehead.co.uk. Others include the Kildare Lodge and the Britannia Inn, Stones Hotel, Alcombe Hotel, Marston Lodge,  The Old Ship Aground, Gascony Hotel, Quay Inn  and the Parks Guest House  

Dunster village is about 20 minutes walk from the station but is quiet. Places there include the Luttrell Arms, the Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster Castle Hotel, Dunster Mill House, Priory Cottage, Spears Cross and Exmoor House.  

Blue Anchor is mainly caravan parks in terms of accommodation but there are the Langbury and the Camelot which are close to the station and the Blue Anchor Hotel at the other end of the seafront.  

If you are travelling by car Carhampton is the turning off point from the A39 for Blue Anchor and there you will find Townsend Bed and Breakfast and the Butchers Arms.  

Along the road between Carhampton and Washford are the Dragon House Hotel and Steps Farmhouse. Also there is Bournstream although this is adjacent to the stables of Phil Hobbs the racehorse trainer and almost always advertises no vacancies.

At Washford the Washford Inn stands right beside the station and the Old Bank House is beside the turning which takes you down past Cleeve Abbey to the White Horse. Monks Cider House and the Langtrey are on the way to Williton. Washford is not the safest village for walking along the main road so if staying at the latter it will be necessary to drive to and from the station.