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

ABOUT THE RAILWAY
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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4/5th March
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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 48 front cover
Issue 48, Autumn 2016 issue of The S&D Telegraph features:

• 50th anniversary of closure - second major steam event
• Photo charter images
• Extension appeal hits target
• Sentinel renamed
• Mapping the S&D - Bath
• Bath Green Park turntables
• S&D pubs and hotels
• All the usual news, project reports, comments, updates, reviews, etc.


Become a member and get regular copies of The S&D Telegraph and Between the Lines newsletter.


Videos
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.
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2017 Operating Dates

The operating dates for 2017 have now been added to the opening & events page. The next event is the S&D Gala (including railway film show on the Saturday evening) on the 4th and 5th of March.


Volunteers Zaida, Alan and Annie seen in the photo with pies and punch
Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway at Midsomer Norton Station Silver Street BA3 2EY

Last event of the year at Midsomer Norton Station. The 50th Anniversary year of the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway line has seen more activity on the line than ever before since the closure. Not only have there been two main line steam locos on two separate occasions but the station now has its own resident Sentinel Steam locomotive, Joyce.

The greatest assets of the S&D Heritage Railway at Midsomer Norton are the Volunteers. All the authentic restoration of buildings and rolling stock has been accomplished by a team of volunteers who have doubled up as platform staff and railway Guards and Drivers when the trains are running.

This weekends Mince Pie event was in a very special venue. Inside one of the restored coaches was a glorious glittering cave where you could sit and absorb the Christmas atmosphere while munching on a mince pie and sipping a glass of ginger Punch. Buffet car chef, Andrew made the delicious Punch and supplied the pies.

Visitors to the station this weekend rode on the train pulled by the Sentinel and had their tickets punched by Ticket Inspector Sean Dudden. Volunteer Sean is a committed Sunday Volunteer. He said:

I have been Coming here on a Sunday or Monday for the past 2 months and I'm finding it is such a worthwhile experience. The achievement at this place is amazing especially when you consider what we started from. And its all down to Volunteers! and of course the general public. This project will benefit the community for years to come.

The next job for the new year is laying more track. The railway received a delivery of rails last week and they are ready in the siding for the track gang to begin work on the line extension. Anyone wanting to lend a hand and volunteer at the station should contact the station on 01761 411221 o a Sunday or Monday or e mail general@sdjr.co.uk


17/18 December - Christmas Treasure Hunt and Mince Pie Specials!

The perfect pre-Christmas relax! Come along and enjoy a train ride plus mince pie and Christmas punch (or Christmas biscuit and cold drink for children), all for just 5. Plus there's a treasure hunt at just 2/child. Trains run from 11:00am till 3:30pm.


Photo credit Julian Jefferson
Santa Specials
It's official! Midsomer Norton Station is on Santa's calling list. The Station Elves are busy constructing a special Christmas Grotto to welcome Santa in one of the coaches at platform 1 and a half. Expect to see comfy, cosy chairs, lots of glitter and Christmas lights and of course presents. He is looking forward to meeting all the girls and boys there soon. Santa visits the station on December the 10th and 11th and tickets can be obtained from the station shop on Sundays and Mondays from now until December 5th.

The Station is open from 10.30am to 4pm on December 10th and 11th for Santa specials. Tickets for children visiting Santa must be pre-booked from the station for 4.00. The Station is open for booking tickets on Sundays and Mondays until December 5th

The resident Sentinel Steam Loco, Joyce, will be giving train rides for children under 16 free and adults can ride for 3.00. The first train ride will be at 10.30, last at 3.30 pm.

There will be Santa Snacks at 2.00 for children from the buffet car.

The Museum, shop and gardens will be open to visitors both days.

Contact Midsomer Norton Station, Silver Street, Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY

Telephone 01761 411221
E-mail general@sdjr.co.uk


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.

Jinty 3
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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