On Saturday 17th March 2018 we shall be running our highly popular Real Ale Trains (RATs). Not only will they be steam hauled, by visiting Jinty 0-6-0 tank 47406, but they will also travel over the newly opened extension towards Chilcompton.

There will be two sessions. The first will start at noon with the first train departing at 1:00 pm. There will be frequent runs up and down the line with the bar closing at 4:00 pm. This will allow passengers to see the line in daylight while enjoying excellent ales and company. The early finish also allows visitors to make use of public transport in the locality.

The second session commences at 6:00 pm with the first train at 7:00pm, again with frequent trips up and down the line before the bar closes at 10:00pm. This evening session will allow passengers to experience views of the countryside and its resident wildlife as the evening transforms into night. It will also be a rare chance to experience the recently restored signal and station lighting which will add to an evening of nostalgic and atmospheric railway travel.

There will be adequate time between trains to stretch your legs on the platform and use the station facilities. The Buffet will be open throughout the day, providing a range of snacks and hot and cold soft drinks. Beer will be served on the train. Our beer selections, featuring local breweries, will be announced on the website nearer the event. Public transport is available via the 172 Bath to Wells bus and the 424 Frome to Midsomer Norton bus which gives access to and from these towns before and after the event: click here for our links.

Admittance is strictly over 18s only, Tickets cost £12 per session and include all train rides, a souvenir glass, your first pint of beer and a programme containing tasting notes. More beer will be available at £1.50 per half pint. Tickets will be available from the station in Silver Street on Sundays and Mondays from 1:00 pm, from the Redan Inn at Chilcompton and also from this website. Numbers are limited so make sure you don’t miss out.

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Real Ale Train 17th March 2018:

Opening Times

Sundays 10.00 to 16.00 for viewing, museum, wartime pillbox, buffet coach, gift shop and second-hand bookshop. 
Mondays, but for viewing only, rather than full facilities, shop and museum open from 13.00 to 16.00. Buffet coach open from 10:00 until 15:00.


Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
Silver Street
Midsomer Norton

01761 411 221
Phones are manned when the shop is open.


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