After a gap of one year in 2019, 2020 sees the return to the calendar of an event that has been a “must visit” since 1996. The WSR’s Spring Gala is back and the line-up of guest steam locomotives will feature bigger machines than was possible in 2019, thanks to the sterling work of the track and infrastructure teams.
The headline visiting locomotive as at November 2019 will be British Railways Class 9F 92134 built at Crewe in 1957, withdrawn from Birkenhead at the end of 1966 and finally returned to working life at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 2019. The Spring Gala will be its first visit to southern England in the preservation era.
Book your tickets in advance (up to 12 hours before the date of travel) for the in advance discount shown in the pricing section below.
|Ticket Type||On The Day Price||In Advance Price|
|One Day Rover Adult/Senior||£35.00||£32.20|
|One Day Rover Young Person (age 5-17)||£17.50||£16.10|
|Two Day Rover Adult/Senior||£47.00||£43.25|
|Two Day Rover Young Person (age 5-17)||£23.50||£21.10|
|Three/Four Day Rover Adult/Senior||£75.00||£69.00|
|Three/Four Day Rover Young Person (age 5-17)||£37.50||£34.50|
The home fleet locos in action should include:-
“Manor” Class 7828 “Odney Manor”
The unique “Small Mogul” 9351
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway 7F 53808
BR Std 9F 2-10-0 No. 92134
Further visiting locomotives will be announced as soon more information is available.
Please note that all locomotives are subject to change and availability.
Railway Lovers will also find the following to attract them:-
Railway Museums at Bishops Lydeard, Washford and Blue Anchor
Model Railway interest at Bishops Lydeard and Stogumber, plus second-hand model railway equipment on sale at Williton, Watchet (Saturday morning) and Dunster stations.
Models, books, dvds plus toys and souvenirs in the shops at Bishops Lydeard and Minehead with sales counters at other stations (except Doniford Halt). Washford specialises in items specific to the former Somerset and Dorset Railway.
Cafes at Minehead (licensed), Williton and Bishops Lydeard plus light refreshments at other stations except Doniford Halt.
Licensed buffet cars on most trains.
See locomotives being turned on the MInehead turntable
Visit the Depot and Heritage Centre of the Diesel and Electric Group at Williton and see work on other projects.
I Like Steam Trains But Iâ€™m Not An Enthusiast?
Why not take advantage of the enhanced timetable and frequent trains to enjoy Spring in West Somerset and the beautiful Quantock Hills?
Our 10 stations offer chances to:-
Go walking in the Quantocks from Crowcombe Heathfield or Stogumber – and to enjoy their home made refreshments before catching the train home.
Watchet is an old harbour town with 1000 years of history, reflected in the 2 museums. There are local shops, narrow streets, an antiques centre, and plenty of places to eat and drink
Washford station is a 20 minute walk from the tranquillity of Cleeve Abbey, now in the care of English Heritage.
Dunster station is a 20 minute walk from the medieval village with its main street overlooked by the Castle, part of the National Trust. There are small local shops and a wide choice of places to eat and drink.
Blue Anchor and Minehead stations are right by the beaches and Minehead station is at one end of the town’s main street.
Sample some local Real Ale and Craft Beer at Quantock Brewery – 200 yards from Bishops Lydeard station.
So why not stay in the area for a night or more? There is accommodation to suit all tastes in Bishops Lydeard, Stogumber, Williton, Doniford, Watchet, Washford, Blue Anchor, Dunster and Minehead. Buy a Rover Ticket for one or more days and you can explore as you wish.