Double Somerset Steam Galas & South Devon Steam

Double Somerset Steam Galas & South Devon Steam

Here's a double steam whammy to get the 2018 steam calendar up and running! Not one but two steam events over the same weekend, as we enjoy a day at both the West Somerset Railway and East Somerset Railway steam galas. That's not all though, as we break the steam gala action with a trip along the Dawlish sea wall to Devon to celebrate the opening weekend of the South Devon Railway and the coastal magic of the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway.

5 days from £599



Thursday 22nd March 2018



  • Stay in Dunster at the heart of the West Somerset Railway

  • Day Rover ticket on the West Somerset Railway Steam Gala

  • Trip to South Devon along one of Britain’s truly great coastal rail journeys

  • Enjoy the South Devon Steam Railway to Buckfastleigh and return

  • Steam on the beautiful English Riviera coast on the Paignton & Dartmouth

  • Visit Dartmouth, historic naval town

  • Visit the Somerset & Dorset Trust

  • Day Rover ticket on the East Somerset Railway Gala


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Those travelling on our rail package arrive at Taunton for a short transfer through the countryside to Dunster in the Exmoor National Park. Here we spend four nights at the charming Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster's pretty High Street.



After breakfast the day is yours to hop on and off to your heart's content at the West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala. It's the longest heritage railway in England, at over 20 miles length between Bishops Lydeard and the seaside destination of Minehead, with eight more beautifully restored stations in between, including Dunster. It's an absolute delight to relax and enjoy the extra special ambience of this steam gala. Perhaps visit the railway's workshops or enjoy the model layouts. At Minehead enjoy the sight of the locomotives being 'turned' on the turntable and at Williton there's the Diesel & Electric Preservation Group Depot and Heritage Centre to explore.

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Transferring to Taunton we board our train into Devon, where our journey continues along the stunning sea wall at Dawlish, arriving on the English Riviera at Paignton. Here we join the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway steam train alongside the English Riviera coastline and Dart Estuary to Kingswear. We take a short ferry crossing to the historic resort of Dartmouth where there is free time for some sightseeing before we transfer the short distance to Totnes. Here we join the oldest preserved steam railway in the south-west, the South Devon Railway, for its first scheduled operating weekend. Following a pretty route through the Dart Valley on a former GWR branch line, we take in a scenic seven mile journey connecting the beautifully maintained stations at Totnes and Buckfastleigh, before returning along the Dawlish coast to Somerset.

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We travel by vintage coach to Cranmore for the East Somerset Railway Spring Gala to complete our March weekend of southwest steam. Although we are waiting for finer details, we expect passenger and freight trains with shunting demonstrations and brake van rides. We conclude this tour with an extra short visit to the Somerset & Dorset Trust's headquarters at Midsomer Norton station, where the station and signal box are restored and a third of a mile track has been laid.

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We bid farewell to Dunster and return homeward.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Yarn Market, Dunster

A small family-run hotel in medieval Dunster, dominated by its castle, on the edge of the Exmoor national Park. Situated on the High Street in the village centre, the ancient Yarn Market stands directly in front of the hotel. With only 28 rooms, space is limited, so we would advise you to book early.



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Join & Leave at Hotels £599


Single Room Supplement £75


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

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All excursions and admissions as detailed

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