Monday 7th August to Friday 11th. 2017
Join us for a track bash work week!
Let’s try and lay the rest of the extension in one go.
The Railway at Midsomer Norton has taken delivery of a restored open brake coach borrowed from the North Yorks Railway for three years The coach is an example of the ones used in one of the last special trains that ran over the S&D on its last day as a through route on the 6th March 1966.
Trust Member, John Baxter said
“It is a remarkable survivor and all the more remarkable is the fact that one of the Trust's members, Mike Ware, travelled in this very coach on that day with his father, Bernard who was the Guard that day. The Trust has invited Mike to help with an internal repaint of his Dad's old compartment and he will have the honour, once the outside has been painted in Midland maroon, to add the BR lion emblem on the side.
“It had its maiden voyage at the ‘Real Ale day’ weekend at the station when it was found to be an excellent place for a bar. Visitors were treated to rides up the restored track and were able to sample some real ales from the Milk Street brewery in Frome and the Box Steam Brewery in Holt supplied by the Redan Inn in Chilcompton
“Its next outing will be for our Midsummer at Midsomer event on June 17th and 18th. Look out for a special offer for Father’s Day to include lots of lovely activities on the station.
More information about this and other events can be found on the recently updated website www.sdjr.co.uk - or you can call 01761 411221 on a Sunday (am or pm) or Monday (pm) or pop into the station.
50 years ago, our fabulous Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway was closed.
The two weekends' steam events of February 27/28 and March 5/6 commemorating this sad event saw smiles all round though, with the Jinty and Sentinel engines attracting thousands of visitors. Some 20 years after rebuilding began at Midsomer Norton, it's been an pleasure to be able to meet so many visitors and to see steam engines again running through the beautiful north Somerset countryside.
People came from miles around to see the old Somerset and Dorset come alive again in Midsomer Norton with locomotive British Rail Standard 2-6-4T pulling British Railway Mk1 coaches from the sixties.
The Standard 4 Locomotive has been restored by the Standard 4 Project based at the Llangollen Railway on the river Dee. It was the last of the 14 class members to leave Barry in 1988 and was fully restored by 2009. It has been renumbered for its sojourn at the Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway at Midsomer Norton to re-create the last train on the Somerset and Dorset line.
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, 2012.
View from the Up platform looking southwards, summer 2012.
'Jinty' 47496 with freight, 2005
Issue 49, Spring 2017, features:
All the usual news, project reports, comments, updates, reviews, etc.
Free to all members and on sale now at the railway shop, £3.95.
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 Sundays (10:00 - 16.00) and Mondays from 10.00 until 15.00.
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
01761 411 221
Phones are manned when the shop is open.