East Somerset RailwayWells
Cranmore
Nr Shepton Mallet
Somerset  BA4 4QP
 
 
 
The East Somerset Railway is a restored heritage railway running both steam and diesel locomotives through the beautiful Mendip Hills near Shepton Mallet.
 
The restored line runs from Cranmore Station, 3 miles east of Shepton Mallet to Mendip Vale Station.  The 5 mile round trip has some of the steepest gradients on a preserved line in England ensuring dramatic photos of hard working engines!  There are plenty of opportunities to access a view of the line and watch the trains at work.
 
Originally the track was built to broad gauge standards however it was converted to standard gauge in 1874. Initially the line ran from Witham, on the Reading to Taunton main line, to Shepton Mallet.  By 1862, it had been extended to Wells.  Passenger services on the line ceased in 1963, however there is still quarry traffic on the section between Cranmore and the mainline.
 
Preservation of Disused Line
In 1972 the famous railway artist David Shepherd and friends purchased the disused railway and set about preserving it.
 
Board this Heritage Railway at Cranmore Station
There are some 4 steam engines and one diesel in service together with heritage carriages.  Trips start at Cranmore Station where there is a large free car park.  The Railway also has a museum and art gallery, model shop, restaurant, toilet facilities plus a children’s play area.
 
Viewing Gallery in Cranmore West Engine Shed
A short distance along the line is the engine shed at Cranmore West.  There is pedestrian access from Cranmore Station and the train also stops there.  Visitors are welcome to visit the shed and use the viewing gallery to observe maintenance being carried out.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Disabled Access
Yes. There is a ramp from the car park to the platform.
 
Open Days, Running Times and Ticket Costs
Telephone   +44 (0)1749 880 417 (Cranmore Station, Shepton Mallet)
Website   East Somerset Railway    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car
From Shepton Mallet: About 3 miles (4.8 Km) on A361
From Bath:                Take A36 south to Frome, then the A361 to Cranmore
 
- By Mainline Rail
The nearest mainline railway stations are Frome and Castle Cary.  Both locations are served by First Great Western between Bristol and Weymouth, and Castle Cary is also served by First Great Western trains from London and Exeter.
 
Check with First Western’s  Web:   First Great Western Railway    External Link
or check timetables, seat availability and book tickets with Web:  National Rail Enquiries    External Link
 
- By Bus
Cranmore village is served by an hourly bus on First 161/162 route between Frome, Shepton Mallet and Wells, and stops a few minutes walk away from the railway. A timetable of this route, as well as a map for other local routes, can be found on the First Group website.
 
The stop for the ESR is 'Cranmore Piers' or just ask for the East Somerset Railway.  First Group bus Web: First Group service/ Bristol, Bath and West    External Link
 
Google Maps - East Somerset Railway