East Somerset Railway


09/11/1858East Somerset Railway
Witham to Shepton Mallet opened
05/04/1862East Somerset Railway
Shepton Mallet to Wells opened
  /  /1874East Somerset Railway
Converted to standard gauge
01/01/1878East Somerset RailwayCheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Great Western Railway
The Great Western Railway starts to run passenger trains from the Cheddar line through the Somerset and Dorset Railway's Wells station to Witham.
29/10/1951East Somerset Railway
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Wells Tucker Street re-opens on closure of Priory Road
09/09/1963East Somerset Railway Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Yatton to Witham closed to passengers
  /  /1964East Somerset Railway
Wells to Cranmore (excluded) closed
19/08/1970East Somerset Railway
Branch laid from Cranmore West Junction to Foster Yeomans Merehead Quarry
  /09/1973East Somerset Railway
Cranmore junction laid out as a triangular junction
  /  /1975East Somerset Railway
East Somerset Railway centre established by David Shepherd at Cranmore
04/04/1980East Somerset Railway
Trains start to run from Cranmore West to Merryfield Lane. The original Cranmore station was retained by British Railways for bitumen traffic.
  /  /1985East Somerset Railway
Cranmore becomes available for preservation when bitumen traffic ceases. The preserved line is extended to Mendip Vale by Shepton Mallet.
  /  /1986East Somerset Railway
Foster Yeoman become the first private owner of main line diesels, Leaders bought from General Motors.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

GWR (BR) 2-6-2T Small Prairie 4555 was the duty engine on the East Somerset on 7th August 2022. Seen here at Mendip Vale, running around its train at ...
Peter Todd 07/08/2022
Ivatt 2-6-0 46447 departing from Mendip Vale on the East Somerset Railway on 26 October 1974. ...
Peter Todd //
GWR 0-6-2T 5637 at Mendip Vale on the East Somerset Railway on 29th April 2001.
Peter Todd 29/04/2001
If you go down to the woods today... you are liable to find preserved Ivatt 2-6-0 46447 running round its stock. see image 50924 ...
Ken Strachan 05/04/2015
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Also at Cranmore is the privately owned Sentinel 10218 'PBA 39', formely used by the Bristol Port Authority. It was built in May 1965 and for ...
Peter Todd 30/08/2021
BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75029, built in Swindon, on the East Somerset Railway in 1986. This loco had a double chimney, fitted later in its life to ...
Peter Todd 27/09/1986
A GWR boundary post, located on the new Platform 2 at Cranmore. ...
Peter Todd 09/07/2023
'JOAN', built in 1963, Works No.10165 was a lightweight version of the 40 ton 0-4-0 Side Rod (SR) drive Sentinel diesel. Seen at Cranmore on the East ...
Peter Todd 30/08/2021
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