The weekend of 10/11th of January saw extensive lineside clearance to the south side of the main line, the first step in preparing a permanent track bed for the miniature railway. Journal Editor Andy Lunness prepares to depart with VIP passenger Bob Symes. Members of the ESR were in attendance to support the grand opening of Bristol engineer Joe Nemeth`s new workshop facilities at Washingpool Farm, October 16th. After a day of successful operations testing at the Cheese, Cider and Steam weekend in preparation for the onslaught to come, Journal Editor Andy Lunness enjoys a sunny moment of calm. The East Somerset Society of Model and Experimental Engineers kindly loaned us 0-4-0 Simplex "Michael Faraday" to provide banking assistance to our steam loco which struggled to climb the modest gradient in the car-park from a standing start. The service train ready for duty. ESR Trustee and Driver Graham Watters tries his hand on something a little smaller. The miniature railway proved very popular with our young visitors, driver Graham Watters refills the tender supervised by Lara and Richard Bridewell. Following the success of our earlier trials in May, the miniature railway was back in August, together with new motive power. Here ESR driver Graham Watters drives our 0-6-0 petrol diesel shunter locomotive.
On static disply, the Caldwell family owend 1100 GWR Dock Tank. Currently out of boiler ticket, this locomotive has kindly been made available to the miniature railway group and will hopefully be steaming in 2009.
 The McLean family from Ireland visited us whilst on holiday in August 2008, pictured here with ESR fireman Ken Slade.