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Midsomer Norton Totem image

General view of station area, 2012.



'Jinty' 47496 with freight, 2005.



DMU running a passenger service arriving at the station from the south, May 2012.


View from the Up platform looking southwards, summer 2012.
Welcome
The S&D Mendip Mainline Project
Welcome to the website of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust. We are a charitable trust of around 1000 members based at Midsomer Norton, located part-way up the railway gradient from Radstock to the highest point of the the old Somerset & Dorset railway at Masbury. Our headquarters is the old station building, which also houses our gift shop, second-hand bookshop and ticket office. We have around a third of a mile of railway, which is being extended towards Chilcompton, following landowner lease agreements for use of the land that extends southwards beyond the station area.

We hope you will visit us at the station, opening times are shown on the right, with special events posted on the Opening & Events page.

At Midsomer Norton you will find the restored station buildings, signalbox, goods shed and also the original stable block - now our museum, and wartime pillbox. We have a diesel locomotive, an under-restoration Sentinel 0-4-0 vertical-boilered steam locomotive, plus freight and passenger rolling stock and static buffet coach open for refreshments. Visit the station gift shop and the second-hand bookshop while you are there and enjoy the atmosphere and exhibits on this once-proud and much-loved holiday route. We are currently unable to operate trains, but we are hoping to remedy this soon.

In the meantime, enjoy the website, keep up to date with the latest news on the homepage, and look out for expansion of the website to include history, useful information, photo gallery and more. If you would like to send feedback, please email the



Brenden Hill, Trust Chairman


The station site
Station site plan

The station area siteplan is shown above, as you will see there are two viewpoints, the views from those are shown in the two circular photos. The direction of car parks is also indicated, the nearest being at Norton Hill School on Charlton Road (but not Sunday mornings please). Midsomer Norton town centre is approximately half a mile downhill from the station entrance. There is also a conservation area of woodland adjacent to the station, where the public footpaths (brown and green) are indicated on the left-hand side of the plan, accessible by walking down the hill from the station entrance, on the same side of the road and taking the footpath entrance, first on the left.

Original S&D route


This map (the link to which opens a larger version in a new window) shows the extent of the full Somerset & Dorset railway, once all the routes were fully open and operating. You will be able to see where the Trust has its site in relation to the rest of the route, indicated by the red box a quarter of the way down.
This map is available for sale from either the station shop, or see more information on the Sales page.

This map is subject to copyright and should not be distributed or reproduced without permission.
Aerial images of Midsomer Norton
Google Maps
Go to http://www.google.co.uk/maps. Enter the station postcode - BA3 2EY - in the search field. The map will indicate a position slightly south of the station site. Note, Image data is currently older that available on Flash Earth - see below.

Flash Earth
Use the Flash Earth website to view Midsomer Norton from the air. Using the search function left of the screen, enter the station postcode - BA3 2EY and the crosshair is just a little south of the station. Note that using the Bing Maps data the best images.





Visitor information
Visitor Info leaflet Download our Information leaflet
Click this link to download a PDF file of our visitor information leaflet, giving some background of the railway and useful information.

Contact info
The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station,
Silver Street,
Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY
Telephone 01761 411221. 01761 411221 (Sundays and Mondays). Please note, due to limited opening days, phone messages cannot be checked daily, email is the best way of contacting us.

For forthcoming special events see the Opening & Events page

Donations
See information on the Fundraising page
Further information
The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Incorporating The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trackbed Trust – first established 1992.

Registered charity no. 1045547
Registered 3038464 England & Wales company limited by guarantee.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Company Secretary at the registered address, unless otherwise stated.