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The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY
01761 411221 (Sundays and Mondays).
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Open Sundays and Mondays. Find opening times/events here.

A short heritage railway run by volunteers in the foothills of the Mendips in North Somerset. We run trains when we are able on a short, but expanding line, currently with diesel trains. There is a gift and bookshop, museum, buffet coach, wartime pillbox museum, signalbox and much more to see. More details.

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Next Event
10/11th December
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Volunteers needed
The railway needs more working members. Volunteers are needed in all departments, not just for all sorts of work. If you have skills we could use or time you can offer, please see the volunteering section on the membership page to find out more.

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Current S&D Telegraph magazine:
Telegraph 39 front cover
Issue 46, September edition of The S&D Telegraph features:
• Commemoration event for 2016 50th anniversary of the S&D closure
• Mapping the S&D: Radstock and Writhlington
• Updates on Sentinal loco restoration progress, and next track extension plans
• Memories of the S&D at Cole
• All the latest news, views, comment and project updates

Become a member and get regular copies of The S&D Telegraph and newsletters.

Take a look at videos on our YouTube channel, click on the image below to link to the featured video and our other selections. Henbury December 2013
On-loan 0-6-0 ST loco Henbury, on a passenger train approaching Midsomer Norton Station.

For one day only - steam at Midsomer Norton this November!
As an addition to this year's published timetable, we'll be running trains on Sunday 13 November hauled by "Joyce", our resident Sentinel steam engine.

This will be the first time the loco has been officially rostered for passenger working after 12 years' hard work to restore her.

The first train will depart Midsomer Norton station at 11:30am, with the last service leaving at 3:30pm.

Trains running Sunday, 2nd October
Diesel hauled passenger trains will be operating this Sunday at Midsomer Norton. As always the restaurant car will be serving hot food and refreshments, and our museum, pill box and shop will be open all day.

Tickets are 3 adults, 2 concessions & children, 7 family.

Heritage Weekend at Midsomer Norton Station a huge success
People came from miles around to see the old Somerset and Dorset come alive again in Midsomer Norton with locomotive British Rail Standard 2-6-4T pulling British Railway Mk1 coaches from the sixties.

The Standard 4 Locomotive has been restored by the Standard 4 Project based at the Llangollen Railway on the river Dee. It was the last of the 14 class members to leave Barry in 1988 and was fully restored by 2009. It has been renumbered for its sojourn at the Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway at Midsomer Norton to re-create the last train on the Somerset and Dorset line.

Volunteers have been working hard at the station restoring the British Second Class corridor coaches to take passengers, one of which has been adapted to take passengers with a disability. Passengers and their Care Support staff were delighted to be able to travel in their wheelchairs on the train this weekend with the help of station staff and specially adapted ramps.

Trustee and Fireman Stephen Lacey has been very encouraged by the enthusiasm of visitors. He said
"Last weekend we had a very steady flow of passengers, and another first was achieved where we were able to provide access for disabled visitors in the refurbished section of the Brake Coach. A review was left by one of the Support Care Staff on our Facebook page and it shows huge gratification to our staff and volunteers during the visit."

The locomotive was renumbered 80041 and carried a wreath as a tribute to ex S&D driver Ian Bunnett who died this week, as that was his favourite engine. Other ex S&D members were also visiting the station this last weekend. Included in the special guests were Chairman of B&NES Council Alan Hale and MP Jacob Rees Mogg and his family. The last train of the day was a recreation of the last train on the line in 1966.

Next weekend the 17th and 18th will be another opportunity to travel behind the steam locomotive before it returns to the Llangollen Railway. Ex S&D Bath Green Park fireman Geoff Akers will be driving, and Barrie Papworth firing on the Saturday. Geoff Akers will be driving and Stephen Lacey firing on the Sunday.

There will be parking at Norton Hill School on the Saturdays, otherwise visitors can use the town car parks. The vintage buses will be available for 'park and ride' from town car parks and the Green Goddess Fire Engine will also be on site. The station buildings and shop, museum, gardens and buffet car will be open for visitors to make a day of it and finish up with a ride on the train.

Tickets are priced as follows:
Children under 5 - Free
Adult (including pensioner) - 5
1 Child aged 5-16 - 5
Family ticket: 2 Adults and up to 3 children of school age, 15.

If you would like to become a volunteer at the station come and see us at one of the events or send an e mail to or phone 01761 411221 on a Monday or Sunday.

September steam at Midsomer Norton
On 10th & 11th, and 17th & 18th September, we are pleased to present visiting BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80072 from the Llangollen Railway. Running as 80041 then 80043, she will be hauling passenger trains from 10:30am to 4:30pm both weekends, including a commemorative run in honour of the last S&D steam passenger train in 1966. Steam train rides will be £5.00 per trip with accompanied children under 5 free. Family concessions only. The Station and Museum will be open both weekends.

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Sentinel and Jinty
Railway anniversary celebrated
50 years ago, our fabulous Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway was closed. The two weekends' steam events of February 27/28 and March 5/6 commemorating this sad event saw smiles all round though, with the Jinty and Sentinel engines attracting thousands of visitors. Some 20 years after rebuilding began at Midsomer Norton, it's been an pleasure to be able to meet so many visitors and to see steam engines again running through the beautiful north Somerset countryside. Our volunteers were overwhelmed by the number of kind comments and people who have signed up to become members.
The Signal Box was formally opened by Councillor Ian Gilchrist, the Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council. Also visiting were Midsomer Norton Mayor, Paul Myers, and local MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Reaction on social media to the return of steam-hauled passenger trains on S&D metals has also been overwhelmingly supportive. The first public steamings of Sentinel No. 7109 after 56 years have been universally appreciated, with thousands viewing and commenting on Facebook footage of Midsomer Norton's "chain powered pocket rocket".

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