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.
ESSMEE (East Somerset Society of Model & Experimental Engineers) is the society that created The Bath and West Steam Railway based at the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
The society is mostly known for its engineering capabilities and as such as the name implies, the makers of engineered items. We have been known to create model aircraft engines, locomotives, traction engines, coaches and wagons. We are also known for offering train rides to the public and have fun using the extensive railway on its ½ mile track during major events at the showground. Over the four days of the Bath & West Show the society carried over 8,500 passengers, pulling passengers on its 7¼" gauge track with both steam and diesel locomotives.
Naturally there is more, much more...
The society is a friendly place and guidance and help are always available to members. You might want to read our Mission Statement on the About page.
We are always looking for new members so if you wish to join a friendly helpful bunch whose primary love is running electric or steam locomotives contact us!
Our friends running the Miniature Railway at Ashton Court have been threatened by the council which wants to close their site so it can be redeveolped. They have been there for 45 years and over the years have provided much enjoyment to all ages.