HOW TO FIND US AND WHAT'S HAPPENING

Our address is;

South West Main Line Steam Company
t/a Yeovil Railway Centre
Yeovil Junction Station
Stoford
Nr YEOVIL. Somerset
BA22 9UU

Our site is part of Yeovil Junction station which is served by South West Trains on the route London Waterloo-Salisbury-Yeovil Junction-Exeter. By road simply follow the signs to Yeovil Junction station, BA22 9UU from Yeovil Town centre or from A37 Dorchester-Yeovil road. Buses leave Yeovil Bus Station half hourly (Monday to Saturday but not Public Holidays) from 0632 until 1932 (South West Coaches 68). A special Sunday and Public Holiday service also operates (Withdrawn with effect 17/04/2011). The entrance to Yeovil Railway Centre is through the low bridge, half way up the Yeovil Junction station approach road.

Please do NOT cross any railway line to reach Yeovil Railway Centre but follow the directions above. Thank you for your co-operation.

For a map of the area please click the Great Britain image and you will be taken to the Google Maps website. The map scale can be amended to show a larger or smaller area if you wish.

Get the local weather forecast from the BBC - Click on the sunny interval!





For Photos of recent events, please Click Here




Explanatory maps (by Matt Hunt) of the historical and present layouts around Yeovil (Powerpoint here) or Diagram only of Yeovil Railway Centre (Here) - Use Back Button on your computer to return here.

Shop Open every Sunday
10am to noon and as detailed below during Events

(but closed over Christmas & New Year).

Site Open for Static Viewing
on Sunday mornings and
during the Public Events detailed below.
Our Shop is open every Sunday from 10am to noon (except Christmas and New Year) for sale of new and second-hand Railway and other transport related books, videos and other items (including Thomas the Tank Engine).
The Shop now has a range of Model Railway items for sale and can obtain many others for collection.
The Shop is also open during visits by main line steam and Train Days. Up to date information on events is given without charge.....
WE HAVE MANY IDEAS FOR PRESENTS WITH A RAILWAY THEME FOR BOTH OLD AND YOUNG (AND THOSE IN BETWEEN).

DVD 'Steaming Through Wessex available at Shop (open every Sunday 10am to noon and during Events - except Christmas and New Year) or by Post!! Please CLICK HERE for details of this and some other items for sale.
Driver Experience
We offer good value Driver Experience events for individuals (up to 3 hours approx and great Gift idea!) or are suitable for Groups of up to 8 people (Full Day). Please get in touch if you are interested either in organising a group for a full day or perhaps preparing and driving the engine prior to one of our Train Days. More details can be found here PLEASE CLICK and you can contact us here CLICK HERE.

Should you wish to donate money to help us please either forward a cheque (payable to 'Yeovil Railway Centre') or use PayPal.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS (2019)

(Times and details regularly updated when known)
Many of the following events are subject to change or cancellation. Please continue to check back for changes, deletions and maybe additions!!

- Our Facebook page.

2019Our events programme for 2019 is now posted (although some events have details to be added nearer the time).
26 SeptemberThursday
Christian
Woolmar
evening
An evening with Christian Woolmar organised by Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group (SERUG). Please see their poster HERE for further details and admission.
29 SeptemberSunday

'Lord Fisher'


Miniature Railway


Model Railway


Driver Experience
Pre-booked



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 steam engine 'Lord Fisher' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in historic brake van vehicle. Please check when our Coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Trains run every 20 minutes (except for a lunch break) and visitors can enjoy unlimited trips on the day as well as on the Miniature Railway.

Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway and exhibits and displays (including demonstrations of the turntable).

Admission (including Steam Train and Miniature Railway rides £9.00 adult for those UK taxpayers eligible and willing to add a voluntary donation to enable us to claim valuable Gift Aid (your admission is then worth £11.25), otherwise £8 adult, Children £4.50 (Gift Aid) otherwise £4.00 (aged 5-15) whilst children under 5 and members are admitted free. More details will be given on arrival.

One Child (aged 5-15) is admitted FREE with a full paying adult. (Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11am. Last admission 3.30pm. Close at 4pm).

Regular Train Days are held March to October.


Free parking on site (subject to availability) - go to Yeovil Junction station, BA22 9UU and turn right under the low bridge half way up the station approach road - look out for large Yeovil Railway Centre sign and arrow!




Driver Experience events prior to our Steam Train Days are available by pre-booking. See HERE for full details. Special arrangements can be made for groups of 4 to 8.




Chard Signalling Panel

-we will be using Arduinos to power the simulation. A project that is in its infancy. More details HERE
14 OctoberMonday
AGM
Annual General Meeting (for members) to be held on Monday 14 October 2019 beginning at 7.30pm at the Quicksilver Mail, Hendford Hill, Yeovil BA20 2RG.

After the formalities John Day will be giving an illustrated talk on 'Summer Days at Cole'.
26 October
31 October
Saturday

Thursday
HALLOWEEN



Halloween

All ages are welcome! and both evenings include:-

- prizes for best childrens costumes (three age groups)
-Halloween themed food to buy
-Ghost Train rides from the Haunted House into the Night!
-Free Horror Bag for Children

Admission prices are £5 per Adult or Child (5-15) in advance (Min 24 hours) or £6 on the night. Children under 5 are free (one per paying adult).
Gates open at 5pm and event concludes at 9pm (Train rides to 8.30pm)

Saturday 26 October-Family Disco & Train.
To book CLICK HERE

Thursday 31 October-Halloween evening and Train
To book CLICK HERE.

Tickets are also available to purchase from our Shop which is open Sunday mornings 10am to noon.
9 November
to
14 November
Saturday
to
Thursday
GWR
DIVERSIONS
Engineering works at Cogload Junction mean that some Great Western services will be diverted via Yeovil Junction/Pen Mill. Remember that our Shop is open on Sunday 10am to noon!! CLICK HERE for Yeovil Junction times on Sunday. Change date to see Saturday and Monday to Thursday times. Check nearer the time for any changes.
1 December
8 December
14 December
15 December
22 December
23 December
Sunday

Sunday

Saturday

Sunday

Sunday

Monday
SANTA
SPECIALS
Santa Specials - Updated Santa Bookings now open! By booking early you can secure the date and time that is best for you. Many of our trains sell out.

Please CLICK HERE to go to our booking page where you find all the details.

To see photos etc of our Santa Specials in recent years, Click on these years:- 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015.

Earlier years and photos of many of our events are HERE.
17 DecemberTuesday
MAIN
LINE
STEAM
Main Line Steam. The Sherborne Carol train runs London Waterloo-Sherborne and Yeovil Junction. Time at Yeovil Junction approx 14.30 to 16.30. Engine not yet known. For details of Steam Dreams CLICK HERE.
29 DecemberSunday

'Lord Fisher'


Miniature Railway


Model Railway


Driver Experience
Pre-booked



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Mince Pie Specials using Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 steam engine 'Lord Fisher' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in historic brake van vehicle. Please check when our Coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Trains run every 20 minutes (except for a lunch break) and visitors can enjoy unlimited trips on the day as well as on the Miniature Railway.

Free Mince Pie with tea/coffee purchased

Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway and exhibits and displays (including demonstrations of the turntable).

Admission (including Steam Train and Miniature Railway rides £9.00 adult for those UK taxpayers eligible and willing to add a voluntary donation to enable us to claim valuable Gift Aid (your admission is then worth £11.25), otherwise £8 adult, Children £4.50 (Gift Aid) otherwise £4.00 (aged 5-15) whilst children under 5 and members are admitted free. More details will be given on arrival.

One Child (aged 5-15) is admitted FREE with a full paying adult. (Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11am. Last admission 3.30pm. Close at 4pm).

Regular Train Days are held March to October.


Free parking on site (subject to availability) - go to Yeovil Junction station, BA22 9UU and turn right under the low bridge half way up the station approach road - look out for large Yeovil Railway Centre sign and arrow!



Driver Experience events prior to our Steam Train Days are available by pre-booking. See HERE for full details. Special arrangements can be made for groups of 4 to 8.




Chard Signalling Panel

-we will be using Arduinos to power the simulation. A project that is in its infancy. More details HERE


ALL EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILTY. ALTHOUGH WE WILL DO OUR VERY BEST, WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY AS A RESULT OF THE CANCELLATION OF AN ADVERTISED EVENT OR NON AVAILABILITY OF AN ATTRACTION.


PHOTOS OF SOME RECENT EVENTS

Please Click here to see a gallery of pictures.



UPDATED 15 September 2019. No responsibility is accepted for information displayed. This is given in good faith but cannot be guaranteed. Errors can be made, details may change and cancellations occur at very short notice.

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