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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
Easter Egg Hunt 26/27 March
Details here

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If you can't get your hands on a copy of our visitor information leaflet, follow this link and download the PDF file.

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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.



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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TRAINS RUNNING 1ST MAY
08 diesel-hauled passenger trains will be running on Sunday, 1st May from 11:00am. The last train of the day will depart from Midsomer Norton station at 3:30pm.
TRAINS RUNNING 10TH APRIL
Passenger trains will be running this Sunday, 10th April. Hauled by our resident 08 diesel, services will start at 11:00 am. The last train will depart from Midsomer Norton Station at 3:30 pm
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Easter poster Easter Egg Hunt 26/27 March
Rumour has it that the Easter Bunny will be calling at Midsomer Norton Station to hide Easter eggs for Easter weekend.There will be hunting for Easter Eggs on the 26th and 27th March from 10am till 5pm at £2.00 for each child. There will be Easter eggs for every child taking part and we think the Easter Bunny may be hiding somewhere in the train to see that all his Easter eggs are found. You can also get a ride on the restored corridor coach behind the 08 diesel at £3.00 a person. Train rides will be available on Easter Monday too.

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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".


S&D Telegraph issue 46 Current issue of The S&D Telegraph
The September issue of the S&D Telegraph, issue 46, is available now. The magazine covers plans for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the S&D's closure in March 2016, mapping the Radstock and Writhlington area, the low-down on progress with the Sentinel steam locomotive, and childhood memories of the S&D at Cole. Plus all the usual news including an update on the next phase of the track extension towards Chilcompton.

Somervale site Somervale sidings developments
The plan for the Somervale sidings is progressing and needs input from experienced volunteers. The sidings, which will lie beyond the original railway boundary on land purchased from Somervale School, will provide space for miantenance and storage of stock and the hope is that eventually there will be a maintenance and repair facility building on this site which overlooks the Somer Valley.
The plans are being professionally project-managed, but we need experienced individuals in order to progress the ldevelopment without incurring huge costs buying in skills. So we are appealing for professionals and if you are one of these or know someone who would be prepared to volunteer their services please get in touch about these requirements:
Topographic Surveyor, Structural Engineer, Architect, Ecologist, Archaeloogist, Publicist.
Please contact the if you can help.

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.

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.


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