running The Bath & West Steam Railway
These Public Events take place throughout the year. For specific dates please refer to our Diary Page.
Following many weeks of warm sunny weather it was disappointing that a change began a few days before this event. On Saturday, after a dry early morning, it began to rain and the decision to put the toys away was taken late in the afternoon. On Sunday morning we were greeted by rain, however, by 11.00am the rain had cleared and we enjoyed a pleasant warm, sunny afternoon.
ESSMEE offers train rides on The Bath and West Steam Railway at major events held at The Royal Bath & West Showground. Those events are
Trains run regularly and very often we run 4 locomotives, both steam and diesel-electric all day. Rides are only £2. Society members volunteer in all aspects of running the railway and somewhat oddly, everyone enjoys their turn at the level crossing!
ESSMEE holds Open Weekends at the Bath and West Showground twice a year, usually in Spring and October. This is are full two day events with train rides which are available throughout the day but you're welcome to visit for as long or as short as you like.
More importantly, guests of other clubs and societies are welcome to feature the "love of their life" and do so in large numbers. Guests who bring working exhibits travel from as far away as Fareham, Bicester and Wales (Pontyclun). On previous occasions as many as 20 traction engines, 20 locomotives with 3 steam cars have attended.
The society is offering the opportunity to drive one of its diesel locomotives in these Level 1 Courses.
It is not like driving a car and on a 7¼" track can be very challenging: the combined weight of the loco plus carriages is in excess of 2 tons (a mini weighs up to 1.4 tons) and it's not simply a case of pressing the accelerator. One recent trainee experienced a runaway train at 6mph!
Numbers are limited to just three each session.