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Visiting the Bath & West Miniature Railway

As members of the ESSMEE (East Somerset Society of Model & Experimental Engineers), we took a recent trip down to visit in September as we haven't been for a while because of the lockdown. We took both of our Maxitrack Planet locos as well as our drivers truck and passenger carriage. Please note this visit was before the 'rule of 6' came in.

We found the railway was very well supported and well organised as always with strict attention to health & safety with many friendly faces greeting us on arrival.

The usual selection of high quality locos and rolling stock were in attendance with a nice set of mineral wagons being hooked up to one of our Planet locos for a trip down the dedicated 5 inch section of the railway. Alans wagons never fail to impress.

We had been aware that the new tunnel had been progressing and were at last able to take full advantage when going around the main half mile long duel gauge track.

The tunnel is looking great and was being treated to a protective paint layer on the inside during our visit.

We were treated to a go on a couple of live steam locos while we were there, many thanks to the members who trusted us with their pride and joy:

Getting used to operating live steam - a little different to what were used to!

The 5 inch yard was busy and full of (socially distanced) activity.

A few of the larger locos were out on the main track including this fine example of a Warship:

The time came to put members locos away after a great day out. Amazing storage setup here.

Below: This is the main 'business end' of the main track with the station, sheds, steam bays, storage and clubhouse.


Just like to thank all the members at the club for another fantastic day out and hope to visit again soon.


Useful links:

Somerset Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (ESSMEE)

The Bath & West Showground

The Holcombe Inn (where we stayed)

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