Events & Experiences

Late Summer Weekend

Mark the end of summer by travelling on the West Somerset Railway a more intensive timetable runs with steam and diesel locos from our home fleet.

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Late Summer Weekend Julia Amies Green Photography


As the main summer holiday season comes to an end why not join us for a couple of days when we run an enhanced timetable of steam and vintage diesel trains over our 20 miles of line.

Normal fares will apply including those for holders of Local Residents Travel Cards and the newly introduced for 2018 Annual Pass.

So apart from the railway interest, there is a great chance to use our trains to visit the seaside, medieval Dunster with its castle, the old harbour town of Watchet or to call in at Stogumber for the famous refreshments and station garden. 

On Saturday 1st there will be a British Railways Western Region theme to the day to recapture the days when steam was giving way to the first generation of diesel locos. Trains will be headed by 6960 “Raveningham Hall”, 7820 “Dinmore Manor”, 7822 “Foxcote Manor”, D7017 and D9526. Sunday 1st will be more of a mixed bag but diesel workings will include the popular pairing of D6566 and D6575.

There will be a licensed buffet car on most trains and the railway museums at Bishops Lydeard, Washford and Blue Anchor will be open.  The Club Room of the Taunton Model Railway Group at Bishops Lydeard will be open to visitors and the model railway in the Gauge Museum should also be in action.


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The timetable for Saturday 1st September can be found here

The timetable for Sunday 2nd September can be found here

Downloadable versions of the timetable can be found below. 

Steam Locomotives

Great Western Railway 6960 “Raveningham Hall”

Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway 7F Class 53808 


Diesel Locomotives

Class 33  D6575

Class 47  D1661 “North Star”

Class 52  D1010 “Western Campaigner”

Things to see and do

There will be hourly departures from both Bishops Lydeard and Minehead stations which gives a nice range of things to do as well as taking a train ride:- Visit the seaside at Blue Anchor or Minehead; take a walk in the Quantock Hills from Crowcombe Heathfield or Stogumber stations; explore the old harbour town of Watchet with its pair of museums, marina and choice of places to eat and drink; take the walk from Washford station to the tranquillity of Cleeve Abbey;  visit medieval Dunster with its Yarn Market, Castle, Museum, cobbled main street and wide range of small shops and places to eat and drink.

The Railway Museums at Bishops Lydeard, Washford and Blue Anchor will be open and there will a chance to visit the depot and heritage centre of the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group at Williton.