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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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Next Event
September 12-13 Heritage Transport Weekend
Details here

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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 issue of the S&D Telegraph magazine:
Telegraph 39 front cover
Issue 45, March edition of The S&D Telegraph features:
• Mapping the S&D - Chilcompton, Midsomer Norton and Welton
• Modelling Bath Green Park
• Land aquisitions and track extension
• Superb historic and current photos of the S&D
• All the latest news, views, comment and project updates


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



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, December 2013.
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HODs poster Heritage Transport Weekend Sept 12/13
Visit us for our special transport weekend, in conjunction with the National Heritage Open Days. It's free entry and you can experience vintage transport static displays, vintage bus tours, walking tours of the railway line and Driver for a Fiver on the diesel loco (Sunday only). The buffet coach will be open serving food and drinks, the shop, pillbox, museum and signalbox will be open too. See the Opening and Events page for more information, or click on the poster image (left).

Milk tanker Tanker restoration to help steam plans
Our historic ex-Midland six-wheel milk tanker is undergoing restoration to a water reservoir to help progress our plans for steam locomotive operations. The privately-owned tanker arrived some years ago and restoration started but faltered for a while. The decision has now been taken to restart work on it to enable water storage and supply with the use of non-permanent supply pipework and probably a submersible pump to provide water for steam traction. The vehicle was used to transport and store tar in its latter days on the main network, so a considerable amount of internal cleaning will be required. The external insulation was removed some time ago and the surfaces are now being needle gunned to clean back to bare metal, prior to treating and painting.

Midsomer Norton Area railway talks
Former S&DRHT Chairman, John Buck, will give a presentation to the Croydon group of the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society on September 11th at 19.30. The venue, West Croydon Baptist Church, is close to West Croydon Station and tram stop. Admission is £2 and S&DRHT members are welcome. On October 15th, present Vice-Chairman, John Baxter, will give a similar talk to the Peterborough branch of the RCTS.
More details are available from each of the speakers:
Croydon - John Buck on 020 8542 2796 or email
Peterborough - John Baxter on 01225 863072 or email.
Both presentations include a short history of the original railway, and the project to restore a section of the line from Midsomer Norton station. There will also be details of present activities and the future of the project. These events provide opportunities for S&DRHT members in these areas to meet and hear how work at Midsomer Norton is progressing.

Burnham Burnham-on-Sea gets S&D memorial
A memorial to the heritage of the S&D in the town of Burnham-on-Sea, the terminus of the S&D 'branch', has been created by the recent installation of a set of buffer stops on Pier Street. Read more.


Midford ground frame Skills needed for signalling diagram
We're looking for someone with artisti/draughtsman skills to create a facsimile signalling diagram for the ground (lever) frame at Midsomer Norton. If you think you might be able to help, please email the
Telegraph issue 45 Current S&D Telegraph magazine
The latest issue of our in-house magazine is now available to members and in the station shop. The issue features: Mapping the S&D - covering Chilcompton, Midsomer Norton and Welton, the latest on land acquisition and track extension, unusual historic signalling features at MSN, modelling Bath Green Park in 7mm scale and all the latest news reports from the Somerset & Dorset. Our magazine iis additionally available from the Swanage Railway shop and the Ian Allan store, London.

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Rails delivered from Radstock
Latest arrival at Midsomer Norton in late March was a selection of bullhead rails, extracted from the old GWR yard at Radstock, which is being redeveloped as part of the Norton Radsock Regeneration Scheme. The haul, which comes courtesy of the Norton Radstock Regeneration Company, consists of six 60-foot track panels (pairs of rails and sleepers) of plain rail and a rare 'double slip' point (compact crossover). The crossover will come in very useful for the track arrangements when progress is made on the connection for the new Somervale Sidings in due course. The track was picked up and delivered by a pair of Hiab crane-fitted trucks from P J Ham of Devizes, with a further consignment awaiting collection and delivery. The rail panels, currently placed on the station forecourt and goods yard, are being dismantled and separated from their sleepers - a great many of which are rotten - for easy storage and handling to another location on the site. This bullhead rail will be more suited to sidings installation rather than running line, due to its profile 0and weight. Click the images to see larger versions.

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