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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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2016 event dates will be posted here as soon as they are available.
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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 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.

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.
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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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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