running The Bath & West Steam Railway
We are pleased to announce Driver Experience!
Come and enjoy the thrill of power and control as you drive one of our locomotives round our ½ mile track. More Information.
The Society held its first Spring Open Weekend on 21st and 22nd April 2018.
We were blessed with wonderful weather except for a short sharp shower on Saturday midday, and the rest of the time was full of activity, with the 20 or so traction engines enjoying the freedom of the extensive tarmac roads within the Bath and West Showground, and the locos enjoying frequent circuits of the recently repaired contractor-damaged track. A huge thanks to all those who battled against foul weather to complete this work.
We would like to thank Roy Proctor who contacted the Mid Somerset Series of Newspapers. They kindly sent a reporter, Maxine who wrote an article about learning to drive a locomotive.
You can read Maxine's report on learning to drive that was published in early August 2018.
Saturday dawned to torrential rain which didn’t let up until 2.30 and for the rest of the day a biting wind swept across the Showground putting a dampener on activities. The boys from Plymouth Miniature Steam were undeterred, something of the West country seadog in them, and steamed up as soon as they arrived and ran right through to 7.00pm. A great effort as they had to be back in Plymouth for public running the next day. Tom Yardley’s barbecue saved the day and all went to home or caravan replete and ready for the next day.
Sunday dawned bright and sunny and locos and traction engines arrived thick and fast, and soon the air was filled with the sweet smell of the delectable emissions of the steam engines as pressures rose and the track and roads sprang to life. We had more visitors from Plymouth as well as from Cardiff, Havant, Andover, Poole, Exeter, Bradford on Avon, Burnham-on-Sea, Westonzoyland, Dorchester, Shepton Mallet, Weston-super-Mare, King’s Stag, Weymouth, Bath, Wimborne, and Rugby, what a wide range ESSMEE now covers. We also had two visitors from Cheshire, who drove down specially on the day to see us, having seen our flyer on the Coate Water Park notice board the day before!
Many thanks to the ladies who provided the usual food service, to those who did PIC duty, to the signal box staff for flawless train management, to the Marshalling Yard staff, to our Junior Members Callum and Ed for being so helpful, and all those who made our visitors welcome.