East Somerset Railway

On my trip to Longleat Safari Park we chose to stay over the border in Somerset rather than in Wiltshire itself. As my Dad is a rail enthusiast he made sure we visited the East Somerset Railway, a 2½ mile heritage railway that runs trips between Cranmore and Mendip Vale.

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The ESR was inaugurated in 1855 though it was not a commercial success and passenger services finished in 1963.

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Before we got on the train for the short ride up and down the track we wandered around the platform which included this rare 1926 telephone box which doubled as a post box, something I’d never seen before, where you would have been able to buy stamps as well as make phone calls.

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The station also had a small museum with some interesting items on display and some old advertising posters.

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We also had time to visit the engine shed where the restoration work takes place.

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Then we went on the short return trip to Mendip Vale which was a pleasant ride through some lovely countryside.

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On the whole a nice morning on the railway with plenty for rail enthusiasts to discover. More photos can be found at my flickr here.

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