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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
No events planned until Spring 2015
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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
• 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


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, December 2013.
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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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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.

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.
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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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