Spring Steam Spectacular - 3rd - 6th May 2024

Kenny Felstead

Get ready for the return of one of the most popular events in the West Somerset Railway calendar, the Spring Steam Spectacular 2024! Join us between Friday 3rd May and Monday 6th May for a feast of steam action, with something to suit enthusiasts and families alike. 

 

Multiple visiting locomotives will join our own faithful home fleet, all working hard hauling a variety of services through the Quantock Hills and along the Bristol Channel. 

 

We will be operating a busy timetable, allowing you the chance to get off at as many stations as you wish, and to travel behind all of our operating locomotives. A variety of special trains will be in operation, including local passenger, parcels, demonstration goods and even some exciting non-stop express journeys. You'll also be able to travel down our rarely opened section of line between Bishops Lydeard and Norton Fitzwarren. The turning triangle at Norton Fitzwarren and turntable at Minehead will both be in use, ensuring as many trains as possible will be facing smokebox first. Don't forget your camera! Various heritage displays, model railways and museums will also be open along the line. 

 

Our first confirmed visiting locomotive for the Spring Steam Spectacular 2024 will be an unusual one for the WSR. London and North Western Railway 'Coal Tank' no.1054 will join us for the first time, this visit will be the furthest into the West Country this engine has ever been! Being built way back in 1888, she is the sole survivor of the class which originally numbered 300 examples. When WSR flagship locomotive no.7828 Odney Manor was built in 1950, the 'Coal Tank' was already 62 years old! No.1054 will travel from her usual home on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and is courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society. She is sure to make an impact on our passengers at the Spring Steam Spectacular, with the engine planned to work local passenger trains and short goods workings.

 

Our second confirmed visitor, like no.1054, is a rare sight in Somerset. Joining us for the event will be LNER B1 4-6-0 no.61306 'Mayflower' courtesy of Locomotive Services Ltd and Locomotive 61306 Ltd. The B1 will be working WSR services for the first time at this event. The last visit where a B1 hauled services at the WSR was way back in 2002. Being a mainline engine, a preserved line visit is rare by no.61306, usually to be seen hurtling up and down the national network!

 

For our third visiting loco, we'll see an old friend of the WSR return, GWR 66XX 0-6-2 tank no.6695. Appearing with thanks to 6695 Locomotive Ltd and the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, this engine will make its first appearance away from home since return to traffic in September 2022. No.6695 will work a variety of services during the event, including Goods workings, where she will look a treat paired with our restored GWR wagons.

 

Sticking with the Great Western, our fourth engine to be confirmed as visiting the event is GWR 28XX 2-8-0 no.2807, joining us for the event courtesy of Cotswold Steam Preservation Ltd and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. This locomotive is the oldest surviving operational Great Western engine in preservation. Much like no.6695, no.2807 has visited us before, however this will be the engine's first visit away from home since returning to traffic from overhaul in October 2023.

 

Further visiting locomotives are in discussion and will be announced soon. These guest engines will be joined by our faithful home fleet.

 

All locomotives and attractions are subject to availability and may be changed at short notice.

 

 

Locomotive Line-up

LNER B1 4-6-0 no.61306 'Mayflower'

LNWR 0-6-2 'Coal Tank' no.1054 visiting courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society

GWR 66XX 0-6-2 tank no.6695

GWR 28XX 2-8-0 no.2807

BR(W) Manor Class 4-6-0 no.7828 'Odney Manor'

WSR Mogul 2-6-0 no.9351

BR(W) 94XX Pannier Tank no.9466 

Other locomotives will be added to the lineup once agreed.

 

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION. 

 

DATES & TIMES
Dates & Times
Fri 03 May
Spring Steam Spectacular
10:00 Tickets Available
Sat 04 May
Spring Steam Spectacular
10:00 Tickets Available
Sun 05 May
Spring Steam Spectacular
10:00 Tickets Available
Mon 06 May
Spring Steam Spectacular
10:00 Tickets Available
Digitickets
Prices
Spring Steam Spectacular Adult 1 Day Rover £38.00
Spring Steam Spectacular Child 1 Day Rover £19.00
Spring Steam Spectacular Infant (Under 5) 1 Day Rover Free

Ticket Prices

Ticket Type  In advance Price  On the Day Price 
Adult 1 Day Rover  £38.00 £42.00 
Child 1 day Rover* £19.00* £21.00
Under 5 £0.00 £0.00
Adult 2 Day Rover  £60.00 £65.00
Adult 3 Day Rover £80.00 £87.00
Adult 4 Day Rover  £98.00  £105.00 

* please note child day rovers are £1 on Sunday and Monday this discount will be added automatically at checkout when you select a child one day rover and choose either Sunday or Monday as your travel days. 

Tickets & Prices - West Somerset Railway

Important Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased in advance of travel at a discounted rate or on the day at the full price.

Wristbands.  

Wristbands will be in use for each days travel, you will therefore  be required to collect a wristband for your days travel. The wristbands will be available for collection either on the day from Minehead or Bishops Lydeard station only where we will have a specified collection point for pre booked passengers.

You will be required to show your purchased ticket for collection. 

If you would like your wristbands in advance of your date of travel, they will be available for collection from Minehead Information Office only from 29th April 2024. 

Multi Day Tickets 

When booking a multi day ticket in advance through the website you will required to select your chosen days of travel. 

Family Experiences at West Somerset Railway

Children's Tickets. 

On Sunday and Monday only we are offering kids for a quid, meaning that when you add a child ticket to travel on these days an automatic discount will be added to your basket where you will only pay £1 for child travel, children are between the ages of 5 and 15 on our railway. 

If your child is traveling for two days on Friday on Saturday you can purchase the two day child rover, however if your child is travelling on Sunday or Monday it is advised to purchase the indivdual child one day rover as these will be discounted at the check out. 

To receive this automatic discount, you must purchase an adult ticket at the time of booking, 

9655 Spring Steam Spectacular
Kenny Felstead

Locomotive Line Up

Locomotive Line-up

LNER B1 4-6-0 no.61306 'Mayflower'

LNWR 0-6-2 'Coal Tank' no.1054 visiting courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society

GWR 66XX 0-6-2 tank no.6695

GWR 28XX 2-8-0 no.2807

BR(W) Manor Class 4-6-0 no.7828 'Odney Manor'

WSR Mogul 2-6-0 no.9351

BR(W) 94XX Pannier Tank no.9466 

Other locomotives will be added to the lineup once agreed.

Ticket Terms and Conditions

  • 1. This ticket is issued subject to the Rules and Regulations of the West Somerset Railway PLC. Full details are available on request.
  • 2. Please check your tickets as mistakes cannot be rectified.
  • 3. It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to ascertain whether a service has been cancelled and the date and time of any rearranged service. If a service is cancelled or rescheduled, we will use reasonable endeavours to notify ticket holders of the cancellation once we have received the relevant authorisation from the West Somerset Railway PLC. Please note that we cannot guarantee that ticket holders will be informed of such cancellation before the date of travel.
  • 4. The management reserves the right to refuse admission should patrons breach any Rules and Regulations of the West Somerset Railway PLC. The management may on occasions have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
  • 5. A £5 administration fee per booking will be charged for any subsequent booking alteration. No refunds will be given once tickets are issued. The Management cannot be held responsible for any tickets which are lost or stolen. West Somerset Railway PLC reserves the right to cancel ticket bookings which it reasonably suspects to have been made fraudulently.
  • 6. The West Somerset Railway PLC operates a No Smoking policy this includes e-cigarettes.
  • 7. The unauthorized use of photographic and recording equipment for public use is prohibited.
  • 8. The West Somerset Railway PLC accepts no responsibility for any personal property.
  • 9. Ticket holders consent to filming and sound recording as visitors.
  • 10. If a service is rescheduled, ticket holders will be offered tickets to the rescheduled service, equivalent to the face value of the ticket. If a service is cancelled, ticket holders will be offered travel on an alternative service (subject to availability) up to the value on the ticket.
  • 11. Purchase of a ticket does not guarantee a seat unless otherwise stated.
  • 12. All of these terms and conditions are governed by English Law.
  • 13. The ticket holder must comply with all relevant statutes, safety announcements and West Somerset Railway PLC regulations whilst visiting the railway.
  • 14. Breach of any of these conditions or any unacceptable behaviour likely to cause damage, nuisance or injury shall enable the railway to refuse to carry you as a passenger.
  • 15. Tickets may be restricted to a maximum number per person. We reserve the right to cancel tickets purchased in excess of this number.

Conditions of Carriage for Bicycles, Perambulators and Animals - Conditions of Carriage - Part 2, Section 4

4. Additional Conditions applicable to Bicycles, Perambulators and Animals

  • a) Passengers may take with them by train, bicycles, perambulators, push chairs, cats, dogs, or other small and inoffensive animals and birds and such articles as the Company may from time to time permit to be taken on payment of extra charges as applicable and providing the Company has suitable accommodation. These are carried at the company's discretion and their decision is final.
  • b) Animals are not allowed upon passenger's seating accommodation
  • c) For reasons of hygiene, animals are not allowed in catering vehicles. This condition will not apply to assistance dogs accompanying registered persons.
  • d) Greyhounds, military and police dogs, except police dogs in pursuance of police duties are not allowed in passenger accommodation.
Ticket Options
Spring Steam Spectacular Adult 1 Day Rover
£38.00
Spring Steam Spectacular Child 1 Day Rover
£19.00
Spring Steam Spectacular Infant (Under 5) 1 Day Rover
Free
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