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:
Dates & Times
|Prices for this event could vary from day to day, click the links above to see prices for your chosen date.
|In advance Price
|On the day
|Adult 1 Day Rover
|Child 1 day Rover*
|Adult 2 Day Rover
|Child 2 Day Rover
|Adult 3 Day Rover
* 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 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
When booking a multi day ticket in advance through the website you will required to select your chosen days of travel.
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.
THIS DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.
Ticket Terms and Conditions
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