East Somerset Railway






Dates

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.







Ivatt 2-6-0 46447 departing from Mendip Vale on the East Somerset Railway on 26 October 1974. ...
Peter Todd //
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
Lord Fisher, a Barclay 10' 0-4-0ST with a PW train, photographed at the Mendip Vale terminus of the East Somerset Railway on 21 August 1983
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Peter Todd 21/08/1983
GWR Collett 56xx Class 0-6-2T no 5637 climbing away from the ESR's Mendip Vale Station on 7 September 2013. ...
Peter Todd 07/09/2013
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After a two year Heavy General Overhaul at the East Somerset Railway, GWR 2-8-0T 5239, the property of the Dart Valley Railway, has returned to ...
Peter Todd 20/10/2019
5637, a GWR 0-6-2T, built at Swindon in 1925 and seen at Cranmore in 2019. Shares are still available at a bargain price. ...
Peter Todd 02/03/2019
Andrew Barclay builder's plate from Barclay 0-4-0ST 1719 of 1920, 'Lady Nan', seen at Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway.
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Peter Todd 20/10/2019
First day back in service for 2MT 2-6-2T No. 41313, restored to full working order by the East Somerset Railway. BR Crewe built to an Ivatt LMS design ...
Peter Todd 24/06/2017
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