Real Ale Trains at Midsomer Norton


On Saturday 18th May 2019 the Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton will be running steam hauled Real Ale Trains (RATs).

There will be two sessions. The first will start at Midday with the first train departing at 1:00 pm with the bar closing at 4:00 pm. This will allow passengers to see the line in daylight while enjoying excellent ales and company. The early finish also allows visitors to make use of public transport in the locality.

The second session commences at 6:00 pm with the first train at 7:00 pm, with frequent trips up and down the line before the bar closes at 10:00pm. It will also be a rare chance to experience the recently restored signal and station lighting which will add to an evening of nostalgic and atmospheric railway travel.

We will be featuring beers from two exciting local breweries, Twisted Brewery from Westbury, whose beer is served in the House of Commons, which may explain why things in parliament take so long, and Fine Tuned Ales, which is brewed in Somerton on the Somerset levels, and combines the brewer’s passion for beer and music. We will have six excellent real ales for your delectation.

Admittance, for over 18s only, will be by ticket, available from the station in Silver Street on Sundays and Mondays from 1:00 pm, the railways website  , and from the Redan Inn at Chilcompton. Tickets cost £12 per session and include all train rides, a souvenir glass, your first pint of beer and a programme containing tasting notes. More beer can be purchased at £1.50 per half pint.