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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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Aug 18-22 Volunteer working week 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.

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.
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.

Signalbox August 18 - 22 volunteer working week
Following last year's successful working week, we are running another this year from Tue 18th to Sat 22nd August. A host of jobs will be tackled with the aim of making good progress with more manpower than normally available. If you would like to play your part, please come along and help out on any or all of the days.
Please get in touch now or add your name to the register to be found on site now. Suggestions for work to be tackled may be submitted to Alan Price on 07751381527 or
Lunch will be provided in the buffet coach for those requiring it, on each of the working days, with members enjoying a discount on food and drinks.
Driving opportunity reward for hard work
For those who offer their services for two or more full days of the working week, by way of thanks we will be offering a driving experience on the 08 diesel shunter on Friday afternoon 21 August.

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 Latest 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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Dining in our restaurant
The buffet coach service at Midsomer Norton goes from strength to strength and now with a clear vision and expanded catering team, the menu and hours have also been revised. With a wider variety of dishes and Sunday lunch specials available, the dining experience is attracting more customers who will soon be able to enjoy food with us on Mondays, commencing April 13th, between 10.00 and 16.00. All day breakfasts are also now available (Sundays 09.30 - 11.30). See a sample restaurant menu here.

Easter kids 2015 events diary finalised
Our events diary for the year is now available on the Opening and Events page. First up is the Easter Egg Hunt on the weekend of April 4/5 - with more details to be announced. Following that is our Midsummer at Midsomer weekend on June 20/21, this year combining with our Wartime event. In July we have a volunteer's weekend, when we try and tempt more people to come down to Midsomer Norton and wield a suitable work tool - be it pen, saucepan, pickaxe or whichever is the tool of choice in the many departments vying for your help! In August we have a working week, when we do our best to throw manpower at various tasks that need completing. Many hands make light work and all that. September is the Heritage Week event and Santa will be paying a visit again in December.

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