The Yeovil Railway Centre is a railway museum next to Yeovil Junction railway station, which features Yeovil Junction’s former turntable and a section of track that is used for a heritage railway.
The centre was created in 1993 in an effort to preserve Yeovil Junction’s turntable after British Rail’s decision to close it.
What to see at the Yeovil Railway Centre
The turntable is the museum’s highlight, although there is plenty more to see including a transfer shed from the 1860s and a water tower that was built to service steam locomotives. The Yeovil Railway Centre is also home to a small collection of diesel and steam locomotives.
The museum also maintains a 400m (¼ mile) stretch of track on the Clifton Maybank spur that is used for demonstration trains. However, these trains only run on special ‘train days’. There is also a model railway and a miniature steam railway, however, this is also usually only open on ‘train days’.
The Yeovil Railway Centre also operates a programme of occasional heritage railway services to Exeter or Weymouth using steam trains.
Visiting the Yeovil Railway Centre
The Yeovil Railway Centre is located adjacent to Yeovil Junction railway station and its location means that it is easiest to visit if you drive or arrive by rail as buses between the station and the town centre do not operate on Sundays when the centre is usually open.
It is best to visit on a ‘train day’ when heritage trains and the turntable are operating and when the model railway is open to visitors. The Yeovil Railway Centre also operates a number of other special events including Driver Experience Days, when you can learn to drive a steam train and Santa Specials, which combine a steam train ride with a visit from Father Christmas.
Entry costs £5.50 on a diesel train day and £11 on a steam train day and £20 (£15 if booked in advance) on a Santa Special.
See below for a list of special events planned for 2023:
|Sunday 19 March 2023||Steam train day|
|Sunday 9 April 2023||Steam train day with Peter Rabbit and Easter egg hunt|
|Monday 10 April 2023||Steam train day with Peter Rabbit and Easter egg hunt|
|Sunday 23 April 2023||Steam train day|
|Sunday 30 April 2023||Model railway collectors' swapmeet|
|Sunday 7 May 2023||Steam train day/pirate day|
|Saturday 13 May 2023||Model railway weekend/steam train day|
|Sunday 14 May 2023||Model railway weekend/steam train day|
|Saturday 20 May 2023||Main Line steam day (Exeter–London via Yeovil)|
|Tuesday 30 May 2023||Diesel train day|
|Sunday 4 June 2023||Steam train day|
|Sunday 18 June 2023||Steam train day|
|Tuesday 27 June 2023||Main line steam train day|
|Sunday 2 July 2023||Steam train/turntable day|
|Sunday 9 July 2023||Main line steam train day|
|Tuesday 25 July 2023||Diesel train day|
|Saturday 29 July 2023||Steam train day/tractor day|
|Sunday 30 July 2023||Steam train day/tractor day|
|Tuesday 1 August 2023||Diesel train day|
|Sunday 6 August 2023||Steam train day|
|Tuesday 8 August 2023||Diesel train day|
|Tuesday 15 August 2023||Diesel train day|
|Sunday 20 August 2023||Steam train day|
|Tuesday 22 August 2023||Diesel train day|
|Tuesday 29 August 2023||Diesel train day|
|Sunday 3 September 2023||Steam train day|
|Sunday 10 September 2023||Model railway collectors' swapmeet|
|Sunday 17 September 2023||Steam train day|
|Saturday 28 October 2023||Halloween disco with steam train|
|Tuesday 31 October 2023||Halloween night with steam train|
|Saturday 2 December 2023||Tea with Santa|
|Sunday 3 December 2023||Santa Special|
|Saturday 9 December 2023||Tea with Santa|
|Sunday 10 December 2023||Santa Special|
|Saturday 16 December 2023||Santa Special|
|Sunday 17 December 2023||Santa Special|
|Thursday 21 December 2023||Santa Special|
|Saturday 23 December 2023||Santa Special|
If you’re not visiting for one of these special events, you are able to visit the platform shop every Sunday between 10am and noon, although you are limited by what you can see if you’re not visiting on a ‘train day’.
There is a small gift shop with railway-related books and collectables as well as a small cafe inside the transfer shed.
Allow 1–2 hours for your visit to the Yeovil Railway Centre.