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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. For opening times and special events click here.

This a short heritage railway run by volunteers in the foothills of the Mendips in North Somerset. We run trains 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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The webmaster's regularly updated diary notes of what has been happening on and off the scene.

Updated: 20.04.14

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May 25
Teddy Bears Treasure Hunt
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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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Next 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.
Easter 2014 Easter weekend review
The Easter Bunny event on April 19/20 went well, despite a somewhat mixed bag of weather. Saturday was mainly sunny and a little cool, and visiting children took part in an Easter egg hunt around the site. There were stalls selling books, railway models, plants and a raffle, and the signal box, museum, pillbox and station shop were open for business. The buffet coach catering staff kept visitors supplied with drinks and snacks. Sunday was a little more inclement with cloudy skies and some rain, which may have dampened spirits a little, but there was still a steady stream of visitors. Click on the image, left to see a larger version.

Telegraph issue 43 The S&D Telegraph issue 43 on its way
The March issue of the Telegraph, slightly delayed, is due out soon. Magazines should be arriving with members during the week beginning 28th April. With a report of the visit of steam loco Henbury in December taking the spotlight, the magazine also has some historic colour images around Norton Hill Colliery, S&D mapping focuses on Shepton Mallet, plus all the latest news and reviews from Midsomer Norton and the S&D.

open day fair poster Model railway and vintage fair 26/27 April
There will be a Model Railway and Vintage Vehicle Weekend at Richmond House, North Barrow BA22 7LZ (near Yeovil) on 26/27th April. Opening times: 10.30am - 4pm, special guest is the railway artist David Shepherd. There will be a raffle to win a signed David Shepherd original artwork. Also; barbecue, vintage vehicles, model trains, vintage vehicles, historic tractors, classic cars, plant sale and open gardens. Click on the image, left, for details.

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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