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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. See more.


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Next Event
December 2014
Santa specials
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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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Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust at Washford on the West Somerset Railway. Event diary dates here.





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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
• Winter steam plans
• 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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buffet coach Restaurant service steps up a gear
The buffet coach restaurant at Midsomer Norton is benefitting from the appointment of a new Catering Co-ordinator, Andrew Hardy. The step was taken to help make progress with regular opening hours, organising the catering team and with an eye on the future to potentially expand and improve this vital contribution to the railway's income. Andrew, who lives locally, has many years of experience in the catering field, including work in hotel and pub catering. Andrew is enthused to help grow this department of the railway and encourage more people to come to Midsomer Norton Station and as well as enjoy the culinary delights, also see what they're missing at our increasingly popular tourist destination.
Already making a hit with Sunday roasts and cooked breakfasts from the word go, Andrew has a desire to push the restaurant's remit to not only include special events but possibly to extend the opening hours and operating days. Currently the buffet coach is open from 10.00 - 16.00 on Sundays and special event days, with hot and cold snacks being available, beverages, Sunday dinners and cooked breakfasts. Watch this space for news on progress with the catering service.

Telegraph issue 44 Latest issue of the S&D Telegraph
The new issue of our S&D Telegraph magazine, is available nowand focuses on Masbury and Binegar, with both the mapping feature and some classic locations captured in period phoros. There is news on track extension planning, possible steam for the winter period, the re-starting of passenger trains and updates on progress around the site on all manner of different projects.

Spitfire Spitfire lands at Midsomer Norton!
Dropping in to Midsomer Norton Station on September 12/13 was this full-size replica Spitfire MK805, in a unique experience which drew the public to the site for the two-day Heritage Open Days-based event. The public were able to sit in the cockpit of the plane, view the collection of wartime memorabilia that the owner, Terence, brought with him, and quiz him and his team about all things relating to this most famous type of WWII fighter. Enjoying a moment in the Spitfire cockpit, in between being guided around the railway site, was guest Martin Veal, Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council. The weekend's event also featured trackside guided walks of the railway, displays in the railway's museum and wartime pillbox, stalls, including one for Help the Heroes, who benefitted from donations from entry fees to the site.
Click on the picture, left to see a larger photo.

Signalbox Volunteering week - jobs well done
The working week from August 18 -23 saw a good tun-out of members from far and wide wanting to get their hands dirty and help progress some of the pressing jobs at Midsomer Norton. A slightly mixed bag of weather didn't put the dampeners on things too much, as many tasks were tackled (many outdoors) including; a full external repaint of the signalbox (still ongoing), repainting the buffet coach roof, re-wiring the interior of the TCL DMU static coach for mains power (work in progress), repainting and varnishing the SK Mk1 coach inside and out, repainting the station front door, wood-cladding the toiled block (still ongoing), and much more. Hopefully the exercise will be repeated at a later date and more much-needed work can be blitzed! Click the photo to see a larger version.

Clive North Pre-filming testing at Midsomer Norton
We get some interesting requests on the Somerset & Dorset Railway from time to time. This one, which came to us through the website, caught our interest. Would we be happy to allow a locally-based cameraman to test his rail-mounted camera dolly (trolley) on our line? Intriguing! We said 'yes' and Webmaster Julian agreed to give Clive acess at Midsomer Norton one quiet Saturday afternoon for some test 'runs'. Clive's rig - seen in the photograph (Clive kneeling) was fabricated and adapted by friend Jim Young - also in the photo. It 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 actual filming will take place in the USA and is a documentary film about a man on Death Row, wrongly accused of rape and murder, as told in the the book Seven Days to Live. The film adaptation, The Fear of Thirteen, will include a sequence of dream-like rolling railway lines along which the accused was walking, which Clive will be filming. The film is scheduled to be released in early 2015.
Clive was happy with his test, making a short test film using a mobile phone attached to the apparatus.

WWI exhibition World War One exhibition open
A display marking the centenery of the outbreak of WWI has been created in the station's museum by Annie Davenport, Barry and Zaida Haworth. This tells some of the stories of ordinary lives at home that were changed by the Great War in Europe. While young men left the country in their droves to fight the war, those left behind also saw upheaval and hardship. The exhibition, with a local and railway slant, is on until Spring 2015 and can be seen along with the other regular exhibits in the stableblock museum, open on Sundays and at event weekends. Click on the photo, left, to see a larger version.

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