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 hourly (from 4/6/2022) but with exceptions (CLICK HERE-Monday to Saturday but not Public Holidays). 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.

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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.

WE HAVE MANY IDEAS FOR PRESENTS WITH A RAILWAY THEME FOR BOTH OLD AND YOUNG (AND THOSE IN BETWEEN).

Shop Open every Sunday 10am to noon and as detailed below during Events
(but closed over Christmas & New Year and Halloween).

Pectin's Pantry (our Cafe) is open during Events.

We are only open during planned Events (see below for details) and Static Viewing on Sunday mornings (no facilities other than Shop available-see above for times). Closed on other days.


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.



We need your financial help towards the building of our new Toilet Block.
Please click on the link below! Thank you.


(Updated 07/04/2024) Funds raised to date £29511 against cost £60000 - thanks to everyone who has contributed!
If you haven't already please consider doing so - a Standing Order can be arranged if that's easier!
Photos and how you can help are here!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS (2024)

(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.


**COVID-19 IMPORTANT UPDATE**
If you, or any of your party or close contacts test positive or have symptoms for Covid-19, please do not attend our events. Please continue to wear a mask or face covering if you wish.


14 JulySunday

'Pectin'


Turntable Day


Model Railway


Miniature Railway



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Peckett 0-4-0 'Pectin' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.
Pre-booking will not be necessary for this event and please pay at the gate.

Trains at 11.00am, 11.20am, 11.40am 12.00noon, 12.20pm then 1.50pm, 2.10pm, 2.50pm, 3.10pm and 3.30pm. Turntable demonstrations at 12.40pm and 2.30pm.

(Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11.00am. Last admission 3.15pm).

Come and have a spin on our Turntable!!


Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway, Miniature Railway and exhibits and displays (including the Chard Signalling Panel).

Admission (including Steam Train ride £13.75 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 £17.19), otherwise £12.50 adult, Children £6.60 (Gift Aid) otherwise £6.00 (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 (see below).

Regular Train Days are held March to September.

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

27 July
28 July
Saturday
Sunday

'Pectin'


Tractor Day


Model Railway



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Peckett 0-4-0 'Pectin' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use. A lunchtime a limited diesel shuttle using historic brakevans wil be in use which are not accessible.

Pre-booking will not be necessary for this event and please pay at the gate.

Steam trains at start at 11.00am then frequently until 12.20pm when a limited diesel shuttle is used and then steam 1.50pm to 3.50pm.

(Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11.00am. Last admission 3.15pm).

Our Annual Tractor and Bygones weekend. Entry form CLICK HERE and return as detailed on the form.

Take the train to the event field


Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway and exhibits and displays (including the Chard Signalling Panel).

Admission (including Steam Train ride £13.75 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 £17.19), otherwise £12.50 adult, Children £6.60 (Gift Aid) otherwise £6.00 (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 (see below).

Regular Train Days are held March to September.

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

30 JulyTuesday

'Diesel'


Model Railway


Miniature Railway
Diesel Train Day using one of our Diesels to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in an historic brakevan. Check when our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Other attractions include:-
- Miniature Railway
- Model Railway
- Cafe and display of artefacts
- Shop

Gates open at 10.30am and first train at 11am and regularly (except for a lunch break) with final at 2.40pm.

Adult £6.50, Child 0-4 free, Child 5-15 £3 (one admitted free per paying adult).

Admission price includes (subject to availability) Car Parking, Train rides, Model Railway and Miniature Railway rides.
06 AugustTuesday

'Diesel'


Model Railway


Miniature Railway
Diesel Train Day using one of our Diesels to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in an historic brakevan. Check when our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Other attractions include:-
- Miniature Railway
- Model Railway
- Cafe and display of artefacts
- Shop

Gates open at 10.30am and first train at 11am and regularly (except for a lunch break) with final at 2.40pm.

Adult £6.50, Child 0-4 free, Child 5-15 £3 (one admitted free per paying adult).

Admission price includes (subject to availability) Car Parking, Train rides, Model Railway and Miniature Railway rides.
11 AugustSunday

'Pectin'


Steam Punk


Classic Vehicles


Model Railway



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Peckett 0-4-0 'Pectin' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use. A lunchtime a limited diesel shuttle using histoic brakevans wil be in use which are not accessible.

Pre-booking will not be necessary for this event and please pay at the gate.

Steam trains at start at 11.00am then frequently until 12.20pm when a limited diesel shuttle is used and then steam 1.50pm to 3.50pm.

(Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11.00am. Last admission 3.15pm).

Our Steam Punk and Steam Day! Also Classic vehicles. Take the train to the event field

Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway and exhibits and displays (including the Chard Signalling Panel).

Admission (including Steam Train ride £13.75 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 £17.19), otherwise £12.50 adult, Children £6.60 (Gift Aid) otherwise £6.00 (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 (see below).
Visitors in full Steam Punk attire come in half price!

Regular Train Days are held March to September.

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

13 AugustTuesday

'Diesel'


Model Railway


Miniature Railway
Diesel Train Day using one of our Diesels to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in an historic brakevan. Check when our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Other attractions include:-
- Miniature Railway
- Model Railway
- Cafe and display of artefacts
- Shop

Gates open at 10.30am and first train at 11am and regularly (except for a lunch break) with final at 2.40pm.

Adult £6.50, Child 0-4 free, Child 5-15 £3 (one admitted free per paying adult).

Admission price includes (subject to availability) Car Parking, Train rides, Model Railway and Miniature Railway rides.
20 AugustTuesday

'Diesel'


Model Railway


Miniature Railway
Diesel Train Day using one of our Diesels to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in an historic brakevan. Check when our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Other attractions include:-
- Miniature Railway
- Model Railway
- Cafe and display of artefacts
- Shop

Gates open at 10.30am and first train at 11am and regularly (except for a lunch break) with final at 2.40pm.

Adult £6.50, Child 0-4 free, Child 5-15 £3 (one admitted free per paying adult).

Admission price includes (subject to availability) Car Parking, Train rides, Model Railway and Miniature Railway rides.
25 AugustSunday

'Pectin'


Model Railway


Miniature Railway



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Peckett 0-4-0 'Pectin' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.
Pre-booking will not be necessary for this event and please pay at the gate.

Trains at 11.00am, 11.20am, 11.40am 12 noon, 12.20pm then 1.50pm, 2.10pm, 2.50pm, 3.10pm and 3.30pm. Turntable demonstrations at 12.40pm and 2.30pm.

(Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11.00am. Last admission 3.15pm).


Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway, Miniature Railway and exhibits and displays (including the Chard Signalling Panel).



Admission (including Steam Train ride £13.75 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 £17.19), otherwise £12.50 adult, Children £6.60 (Gift Aid) otherwise £6.00 (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 (see below).

Regular Train Days are held March to September.

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

27 AugustTuesday

'Diesel'


Model Railway


Miniature Railway
Diesel Train Day using one of our Diesels to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in an historic brakevan. Check when our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.

Other attractions include:-
- Miniature Railway
- Model Railway
- Cafe and display of artefacts
- Shop

Gates open at 10.30am and first train at 11am and regularly (except for a lunch break) with final at 2.40pm.

Adult £6.50, Child 0-4 free, Child 5-15 £3 (one admitted free per paying adult).

Admission price includes (subject to availability) Car Parking, Train rides, Model Railway and Miniature Railway rides.
01 SeptemberSunday

'Pectin'


Reptiles and Bugs


Model Railway


Miniature Railway



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Peckett 0-4-0 'Pectin' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.
Pre-booking will not be necessary for this event and please pay at the gate.

Trains at 11.00am, 11.20am, 11.40am 12 noon, 12.20pm then 1.50pm, 2.10pm, 2.50pm, 3.10pm and 3.30pm. Turntable demonstrations at 12.40pm and 2.30pm.

(Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11.00am. Last admission 3.15pm).


Joining us today is the ever popular Garwynns Reptiles and Bugs (GRAB). Come and meet their creatures and handle some if you dare!

Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway, Miniature Railway and exhibits and displays (including the Chard Signalling Panel).



Admission (including Steam Train ride £13.75 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 £17.19), otherwise £12.50 adult, Children £6.60 (Gift Aid) otherwise £6.00 (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 (see below).

Regular Train Days are held March to September.

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

08 SeptemberSundayModel Railway Swapmeet from 10.30am to 2.30pm. This is NOT a Model Railway show. Shop and refreshments available.

Click on the image for full details .
15 SeptemberSunday

'Pectin'


Comic Con


Model Railway


Miniature Railway



Chard
Signalling
Panel
Steam Train Day using Peckett 0-4-0 'Pectin' to give train rides along the 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in our coach which is accessible via ramp for standard size Wheelchair and other users will be in use.
Pre-booking will not be necessary for this event and please pay at the gate.

Trains at 11.00am, 11.20am, 11.40am 12 noon, 12.20pm then 1.50pm, 2.10pm, 2.50pm, 3.10pm and 3.30pm. Turntable demonstrations at 12.40pm and 2.30pm.

(Gate open at 10.30am and train rides start at 11.00am. Last admission 3.15pm).


Our second Comic Con event - join in the fun by coming along as a favourite Comic book or Sci-Fi character!

Other planned attractions include a Shop, Light Refreshments, Model Railway, Miniature Railway and exhibits and displays (including the Chard Signalling Panel).



Admission (including Steam Train ride £13.75 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 £17.19), otherwise £12.50 adult, Children £6.60 (Gift Aid) otherwise £6.00 (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 (see below).

Regular Train Days are held March to September.

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

28 SeptemberSaturdayMain
Line
Steam
Merchant Navy Class 35028 'Clan Line' with 'Atlantic Coast Express' excursion from London to Exeter and return via Taunton.
Times not yet known.
26 October

31 October
Saturday

Thursday



'Pectin'
Halloween Evenings
Event runs from 5.30pm to 9pm. Admission prices £12.50 all ages (under 1's are free) - (pre-book - available nearer the date) or £13.50 on the night.
Come dressed up in your scarey outfits! Prize for scariest costume! Free Horror Bag for children! Ghostly steam train rides from the haunted house included......Halloween themed food on sale!!

Saturday - Disco and Steam Train. Monday - Halloween evening and Steam Train

**Postcode BA22 9UU – turn into Station Approach road towards Yeovil Junction – turn right approx. halfway up this road (Yeovil Railway Centre sign) but be aware of the low bridge which will not accommodate higher vehicles!
07 December
Saturday
Breakfast (10am to noon) or Tea with Santa (3pm to 5pm). Places strictly limited. Children come and have breakfast or tea and a chat with Santa. Play some games and receive a small present.
Please note that there is NO train ride with this event.



Book Saturday 7th December 2024 Breakfast (10am to noon) please (bookings now open)

CLICK HERE

Book Saturday 7th December 2024 Tea (3pm to 5pm) please (bookings not yet open)

CLICK HERE

1 December

08 December

14 December

15 December

22 December

23 December
Sunday


Sunday


Saturday


Sunday


Sunday


Monday
Santa Specials are being run on Sunday 1 December, Sunday 08 December, Saturday 14 December, Sunday 15 December, Sunday 22 December and Monday 23 December 2023.
Please note that our Santa days have changed from those in the brochure.



Please CLICK HERE for full details and how to book
Updated(30/06/2024).

The earlier you book the greater chance you have of obtaining the date and time of your choice, save money and avoid disappointment as we may not be able to take 'on the day' visitors!

For some photos of past Santa Specials
2023 CLICK HERE, 2022 CLICK HERE, 2021 CLICK HERE, 2020 CLICK HERE, 2019 CLICK HERE, 2018 CLICK HERE, 2017 CLICK HERE, 2016 CLICK HERE, 2015 CLICK HERE, 2014 CLICK HERE, 2013 CLICK HERE, 2012CLICK HERE,2011CLICK HERE,2010 CLICK HERE and 2009 CLICK HERE and use the Back Button to return here.

Dates for 2024 are now available - bookings now available.



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 07 July 2024. 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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