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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
April 4-6 Easter Bunny 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 44, September edition of The S&D Telegraph features:
• Midsummer at Midsomer event
• 7mm scale S&D models
• Mapping the S&D: Masbury and Binegar
• S&D signalling curiosities
• All the latest news, views, comment and project updates


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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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Easter poster Easter weekend opening
We are holding our annual Easter Bunny event over the Easter weekend, Sat 4 to Mon 6 April. The station will be open from 10.30 until 16.30 each day and there will be an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a quiz in the museum for older kids, raffle, plant stall, and guided track walks. The restuarant car, shop, signalbox and museum will all be open. Further details here.

Buffet coach

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.

Signalbox August volunteers' working week
Following last year's successful working week, we are running another this year from Tue 18th until Sat 22nd August. A host of jobs will be tackled with the aim of making good progress using more manpower than normally available. If you would like to play your part, come along and help out on any of the days. Please get in touch now or add your name to the list to be found on site from April onwards. Suggestions for work to be tackled may be submitted to Alan Price over the next few months on 07751381527 or alanprice52@hotmail.com

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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S&D 7F steam loco
Santa and the scale locomotives
The Santa event at the station on December 13/14 went very well, despite gloomy and showery conditions on the Sunday. Saturday's weather started crisp and bright and things got underway in the morning with the first visits to Santa's grotto at 11 o'clock, but not before he spared a few minutes to pose for a photo on board the scale industrial diesel loco. Also starring was a superb 5" guage model of an S&D Railway Class 7F steam loco, which actually steams and was giving rides to visitors. Santa was spoiled in a very well decked-out grotto in the bookshop in the station building and saw many eager youngsters looking for a few words with the great man and to walk away with a present!
The buffet coach was kept busy supplying seasonal refreshments to the steady stream of visitors.

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Clive North
Film sequence at Midsomer Norton
Following equipment testing by locally-based cameraman Clive North earlier in the year, the film production team returned to Midsomer Norton to film a short sequence for the screen adaptation of the book Seven Days to Live. The film, which will be mainly shot in the USA, is a documentary about a man on Death Row, wrongly accused of rape and murder. The film adaptation, The Fear of Thirteen, will include a sequence of dream-like rolling railway lines along which the accused was walking, which the team filmed on our tracks. The film is scheduled to be released in 2015. Clive's rolling camera rig or 'dolly' was fabricated and adapted by friend Jim Young and is a couple of pieces of aluminium angle bracket, with adapted nylon skateboard wheels joined by three adjustable slats, on which the camera tripod is mounted. The photos, left, (click to view large picture) show; top - Clive North prior to filming, middle - the team preparing the tracks for the right look, bottom - Clive and Jim during the test run of the rig earlier in the year.

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