running The Bath & West Steam Railway

Driver Experience Day - a great idea for a present!      See under Events for more details. 

Our Santa Specials are all booked up for this year. He'll be back!



A  visit was held on what was supposed to be a very wet Saturday this August at the club. Nineteen visitors came to see us and after what was a very wet start, with thoughts of us having to change the planned programme, it suddenly turned dry and we were able to proceed as planned.
We split our guests into groups and we asked them to prepare the railway for a public running.
Each group had a team leader: Tony preparing Mendip, Roy L advising how we prepare the rolling stock, Roy P driving Centaur, Brian driving and explaining about Shepton, Michael showing the wizardry of the signal box and both Gavin and David showing them all the 5 inch yard. A tour of our facilities also took place with Robin showing some of his 5 inch wagons and our Black 5 project.
This was the first kind of visit hosting another club this way and it was very much enjoyed by all.
A big thank you to everyone else who helped make this such a success.
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The society is offering the opportunity to drive our diesel and steam locomotives.

Taking part offers the opportunity to learn and experience our miniature version of a railway. This railway is used to carry passengers at such shows as the Bath and West Country Festival. The track is fully signalled imitating a standard gauge, passenger hauling railway. This offers the participant the opportunity to fully experience all aspects of driving a train.

Come and meet our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team who will do their best to give everyone a great day out. Family rides are free.

Numbers of drivers are limited to just three each session. 

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Another great weekend at ESSMEE with visitors from far and wide. Enjoy the slideshows.

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

  • The Bath and West Show (May/June)
  • Classic Car Show (June)
  • New Wine (July and August)
  • Truckfest (September)

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.



About tack maintenance

Track open Saturdays

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