Summer Diesel Festival - 6th - 8th June 2024

Tony Middleton

Join us for our annual celebration of all things diesels between Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June! Featuring a wide selection of locomotives including visiting locomotives and our home fleet locomotives, which are looked after by the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group at Williton.

An intensive timetable will be operating on all three days, allowing you to hop from train to train to have a truly thrashtastic day behind some of the best heritage Diesel traction available.

Some trains will continue past Bishops Lydeard and run to the very southern end of our line at Norton Fitzwarren, utilising a stretch of line that is very rarely used for passenger trains!  

The Williton depot centre of the DEPG will be open on all three days. Admission is by donation, which helps the group to maintain and restore the fleet of vintage locomotives.

Our first confirmed visiting locomotive for the Summer Diesel festival is Class 50 No. 50033 ‘Glorious’, courtesy of the Class 50 Alliance.  Nowadays, ‘Glorious’ can normally be found at the Severn Valley Railway, wearing the renowned BR large logo livery, looking as glorious as her name suggests. This is a big comeback year for 50033 as she is fully back in traffic after further restoration work. ‘Glorious’ has visited the West Somerset Railway before; on the 5th June 1993, the locomotive joined two other Class 50s to haul the Pathfinder ‘Bishops Triple’ rail tour from WSR to York. ‘Glorious’, however, only worked this tour to and from Bishops Lydeard and thus our Summer Diesel Festival will be the first opportunity to travel behind this iconic locomotive, all the way to Minehead. This will be the first time Glorious will have visited another railway since her extensive refurbishment and return back to traffic throughout 2018/2019.

Further announcements on visiting locomotives will be made when available - our website and social media platforms will be the most up to date place to receive this information.

Tickets are available to pre-book now at a discounted advance rate.

Locomotive line up:

  • Class 03 No. D2133
  • Class 09 No. D4107
  • Class 14 ;Teddy Bear' No. D9526
  • Class 33 'Crompton' No. D6566
  • Class 33 'Crompton' No. D6575
  • Class 35 'Hymek' No. D7017
  • Class 50 'Hoover' No. 50033 "Glorious"
Dates & Times
Thu 06 Jun
Summer Diesel Festival
10:00 Tickets Available
Fri 07 Jun
Summer Diesel Festival
10:00 Tickets Available
Sat 08 Jun
Summer Diesel Festival
10:00 Tickets Available
Prices for this event could vary from day to day, click the links above to see prices for your chosen date.

Ticket Prices

Ticket Type  In advance Price On the day
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
Child 2 Day Rover  £30.00  £32.50 
Adult 3 Day Rover £80.00 £87.00

* please note child day rovers are £1 for travel on Saturday when purchased in advance through our website. 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. This discount is online only. 

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 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 Monday 3rd June 2024

Multiday Tickets

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

Children's Tickets

On Saturday of the Summer Diesel Festival only, we are offering kids for a quid, meaning that when you add a child ticket to travel on this day 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 and on Saturday it is advised to purchase the indivdual child one day rovers for each day and your Saturday child ticket will be discounted at the check out.

You must purchase a valid adult ticket along with your child ticket to receive this discount. 


Terms and Conditions

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.
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