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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. See more.

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We can recycle and sell your used postage stamps to raise money for the project at Midsomer Norton. Please see the fundraising page for further information.

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Next Event
Sept 13/14
Heritage Weekend
Details here

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If you can't get your hands on a copy of our visitor information leaflet, follow this link and download the PDF file.

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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 43, March edition of The S&D Telegraph features:
• Steam at Midsomer Norton
• Norton Hill Colliery historic scenes
• Mapping the S&D at Shepton Mallet
• Diesel loco movements
• All the latest news, views, comment and restoration 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.
MSN sign Open afternoon Saturday August 23rd
Due to opening the site for a group visit on August 23rd, we will be opening the station to the public from 1 - 4pm. The station shop, signalbox, museum and buffet for light refreshments will be open.

Station frontage Come and make a difference - volunteer working week, August 18 - 23
The railway is holding a working week to consolidate efforts around specific tasks which require urgent completion, in some cases by a group of people. Running from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd, this is open to existing members/volunteers only, due to insurance considerations. The type of jobs available and working times will be drawn up by Volunteer Co-ordinator Alan Price, who hopes for a good turn-out and the satisfaction of jobs well done. If you can spare a day or two, or even more, then Alan wants to hear from you! Please and your enquiry will be forwarded to Alan.
You can sign-up online for a very modest fee
here. You'll not only contribute to our efforts, but receive free magazines and newsletters to keep you abreast of things on the S&D at Midsomer Norton.

Midsummer 2014 Midsummer at Midsomer
Our gala weekend on June 21/22 saw over 300 visitors coming to enjoy the sunshine and attractions. A good atmosphere prevailed and the rain stayed away, there was a plant stall, book and gift sales, guided walks along the trackbed, a static display of scale model locomotive Oakhill of the Oakhill Brewery railway, plus guided visits to the signalbox and museums and much more.

Plant sales Green-fingered gardners' plant sales
The station gardening team is harking back to the 'good old days' days when the award-winning gardens supplied plants to stations along the S&D. The volunteers, under Doug Auckland, have been busy maintaining the station gardens, planting seeds and propagating plants in the greenhouse. The team started selling plants at the Easter weekend and would like to continue selling them to visitors. The photo, left, (click to enlarge) shows Dave Rogers and Gail Coleshill attending to the plant sales stall.

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.

Rail delivery Operations or engineering experience?
The S&D at Midsomer Norton urgently needs to fill volunteer vacancies in the Mechanical Engineering Dept and Operations Dept. We need someone with experience to head the Mechanical Engineering Department and help bring maintenance standards documentation up-to-date. The operations department also needs an able volunteer - to help schedule train movements and set up operations department meetings. If you have the necessary experience in either of these areas, even if you can help, but don't wish to have the 'head' position, or knows someone who would, please get in touch by sending an email to the

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