West Somerset Railway
Between the Quantock Hills and the Coast. Steam trains through 20 miles of superb scenery.
THE WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY IN LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER
Up to the end of April the West Somerset Railway had had a variable start to the 2014 season in trading terms. The results for the Spring Steam Gala were very good indeed but daily traffic has often not been as good as hoped. However this was not unexpected. The Railway does a lot of marketing in the early part of the year at Travel Trade Shows across the country and also in Utrecht at which it takes its own information and brochures about the county as a whole and Exmoor. Talking to travel companies and coach operators the report was the same. Any holiday with “Somerset” in the title had not been selling because of a widespread impression that the whole of the county had been flooded and not just the particular area of the Levels. This is even the situation in India according to Veenus Holidays who bring in groups from the sub-continent to us.
However from mid-May onwards the steam trains will be running every day until the end of the Autumn Steam Gala on October 5th and then on selected dates until November 2nd. The one exception is June 6th which, as Day 1 of the “Mixed Traction Event” will feature entirely vintage diesel locomotives from the early 1960’s.
Various specials will operate through the summer months. The Dunster Castle Express and the Lynton & Lynmouth Explorer offered a complete day out combined with the steam train journeys. For younger family members “Thomas” is back for his annual visit over the first two weekends in July and “Meet and Greet” days with the “Octonuats”, “Peppa Pig and George” and “Fireman Sam”. Catering specials and Murder Mysteries are in the calendar and never overlook the annual CAMRA Real Ale Festival taking place once again in September. Discounted tickets for many of these events can be purchased online via the website (See below) or calling 01643 704996.
And if you are looking for that special gift for someone or a treat for yourself don’t forget the Steam Enginemen and Diesel Enginemen Courses.
For more information drop down to the station or see www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk.