No chauvinism here! The face of the ESR as typified by Ann West, our only lady fireperson. When not actually shovelling coal, Ann can be found doing every kind of job in the workshop "WITS END" signal box - an appropriate name ? Also a fine example of what volunteers can achieve A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Dave Fear Japanese Ballast Wrestling ? No, just the ESR pioneers bringing maximum effort to bear on track jacking A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Alan Eadle The post marks the height the track must reach at its final elevation at Mendip Vale. It looks a long way to go! A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Ben Charlton The `Jinty` and `Austerity` double head a 400-ton ballast train to Mendip Vale on Good Friday. The ballast was all unloaded in torrential rain over the Easter Weekend by the hard-pressed PW Gang. A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Doug Ellis The first day of operation into Cranmore station A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Jerry West The chairman in front of 92203 A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Dean Knights The chairman blows his safety valve with excitement as 92203 waits to haul the first ever train on the ESR from Cranmore to Mendip Vale, 23rd June 1985 A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Mike Flynn Downside School Band give the Special a traditional send off, with ESR member, Kevin Byrne on trombone A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Brian Laitt The first time ever for any ESR engine to `run round` at Cranmore. Decision day, 17th June 1985. A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Dave Massey 92203 with `test` train in Doulting Cutting A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: George Sheilds 92203 and 68005 run back light, in the rain, after the final 12 wagons of ballast had been dropped at Mendip Vale. A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Don Sartin Where are we now ? Asks photographer Gary Rankin-Moore, who playing with his new 500mm telephoto lens in May 1985, produced a whole new look for the Railway. A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Mark Clarke The first day of operation into Cranmore station A `Rogues Galery` of ESR Stalwarts: Dick Bellchambers August Bank holiday at our country station. 68005 at Cranmore photographed from the road bridge Gary Rankin-Moore (right) with Tim Dench The M.S.C. team working on the restoration of the shed doors Enthusiasts Day 1984 - the workshop transformed. "Has anyone seen my mouse ?"  Artist Terence Cuneo with the Chairman, on a recent visit to Cranmore The Radio Bristol Milk Rase comes to Cranmore - and wasn`t it hot! "Sorry chaps. It`s not my fault I left my belt at home." Alan Slimline French gets it in the ear from Mike Daw. Rob takes a rest after cleaning to smokebox of 92203! Pat Griffiths paints the new wood bases for seats at Merryfield Lane Halt. Enthusiasts Day, 1984 - the goods train at Merryfield Lane. Black Prince awaits the guards whistle at Cranmore, August Bank Holiday Sunday. "And some people call it playing trains!" A dramatic study shows railway preservation at is finest. In the midst of the worst winter weather, the heroes of the ESR battle on, laying ballast to elevate the track by over two feet at the site - eventually - of Mendip Vale Station. The pioneering spirit lives! At (their) Wits End, February 9th, 1985, the ESR break up frozen ballast before packing the track to its new elevation. 68005 `Austerity` in charge of ballast wagons. Mendip Vale, Easter. All this track has to be raised, as far as the wagon in the distance Ian Notthall Phil Ottley and Taff Lewis. They came to help, and they joined as members. 75029 at Coalpit Heath Station in 1960 A rare study of the locomotive that worked the Mendip Mountain Quarries Railway, from an original photograph by Mrs Julia Massey Maps showing proposed extensions and branches for the East Somerset Railway Maps showing proposed extensions and branches for the East Somerset Railway