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Train Charter/ Carriage Hire

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Internal Charters - consists of one steam locomotive and up to six carriages (the set of coached may include a buffet car but it will be not manned – see catering prices for this facility) and are charged at the following rates dependent on mileage:


  • 20 Mile Trip (i.e. Minehead to Bishops Lydeard)      £1500.00
  • 40 Mile Return trip (full length of line)                       £2000.00
  • 80 Miles – or two return trips                                   £3000.00   

    If an extra locomotive is required or a specific locomotive is requested this will be an additional charge dependent on the hire rate of the additional or specific vehicle.


    Any additional coaches requested above the six provided will incur an additional cost of £400.00 per vehicle.


    External Charters – any outside operators wishing to bring a train from the National Network to the Railway for Commercial purposes over the full length of the Railway and return (40 miles) will be charged £1750.00 including, if required, a West Somerset Railway Travelling Ticket inspector to sell WSR tickets to passengers at half the standard fare.


    Additional charges will be incurred for the following:


    • Coal or Diesel charged at cost plus current VAT rate (Water and oils for Steam engines are gratis)
    • Use of Minehead Turntable: £200.00
    • Additional locomotives to be attached to the train on the West Somerset Railway will be charged at that vehicles hire rate plus coal or diesel.


    Individual Coach Hire on Scheduled Service


    20 Mile Single Trip (i.e. Minehead to Bishops Lydeard          £450.00

    40 Mile Return trip (full length of line)                                    £750.00


    Other requirements including less than the full length of the line trips and freight and non-commercial working are subject to negotiations with the General Manager on an individual basis.


    Catering - 2013 Rates.

    *Staffed Buffet  car offering bar and snack facilities:

    • 20 mile single Trip                                                        £80
    • 40 Mile Return trip                                                     £120
    • 80 Miles – 2 return trips                                             £200
    *NB – these are ex-VAT prices.

  • 2014 rates to be confirmed.

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