Saturday 24th March will see the last day of Jinty 47406 in operation at Midsomer Norton before she returns to the Great Central Railway. Come along for a ride over the first section of our newly commissioned extension!
We will also be offering the ever popular 'Driver for a Tenner' sessions in our resident 08 diesel shunter.
And to top it off the station shop will be well stocked with our brand new DVD 'The S&D Reborn' which charts the change of fortunes Midsomer Norton station since closure in 1966. The DVD has been produced especially for the railway by Andrew Johnson who produced the iconic BBC documentaries 'All Change at Evercreech Jn', and 'Return to Evercreech Jn'. Priced at £9.99 it is excellent value!
A short heritage railway run by volunteers in the foothills of the Mendips in North Somerset. There is also a gift and bookshop, museum, buffet coach, wartime pillbox museum, signalbox and much more to see.
General view of station area, 2017.
View from the Up platform looking southwards, summer 2012.
'Jinty' 47496 with freight, 2005
The trust are so close to extending the current running line to the base of the infill, but more funds are required! Any donations will be gratefully received - you can help bring back another section of this iconic line! Donations can be sent to the station, or online here.
Our collections are housed in a building which started life as a stable for horses which were used for shunting and working the carts and dreys that transported goods to and from the station. Following the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway in 1966, the stable block fell into disuse and when The Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust took it over, it was derelict and with no roof. Thanks to the perseverance of volunteers and favourable publicity from the local press a grant was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund plus local councils.
The museum has its own website which you can visit here.
Issue 50, Autumn 2017, features:
Chilcompton-bound: longer-term strategy
Track bash accelerates extension
Three-coach maroon set imminent
The S&D’s Dorset halts – dying days
Southern S&D pubs
S&D mapping – through West Pennard
All the usual news, project reports, comments, updates, reviews, etc.
Free to all members and on sale now at the railway shop, £3.95.
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
01761 411 221
Phones are manned when the shop is open.