Volunteers at the Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton Station welcomed visitors from Welton school who are learning about engineering as part of their curriculum.

 The party was guided in groups around the station buildings and grounds by Zaida Haworth, Vivienne Taylro and Roger Taylor, who was dressed for the part in a station uniform, with the children showing an active enthusiasm for all they saw. Will George was in the signal box explaining the all the levers which were a similar size to his audience.

 Barry Bax, Museum Curator, opened the Museum for the children to see the splendid collection of railway artefacts and memorabilia including a life size horse.

 He said

"We are very impressed that Welton school considers the history of engineeering in this neighbourhood to be important. These children have grown up without the benefit of a railway here so would know nothing about the importance of the Somerset and Dorset railway until now."

 The visit culminated in a trip down the line in the Queen Mary brake van behind the British rail 08 class Diesel shunter.

 The next event at the station will be a Steam Gala with a visiting Jinty Steam locomotive when The station will be open to visitors to ride the trains on March 10th and 11th and March 18th.  

The track gang held two very successful working weekends in February, the first was held on the 10th & 11th February and the second on the 17th & 18th. The weather wasn’t particular kind on the first of these with rain all day on the Saturday, followed by a cold but dry day on the Sunday with even a few flakes of snow in the afternoon.

Take the Chance of a Lifetime to drive a steam loco on the Somerset & Dorset Railway!
In March 2018 we are running some Driver Experiences sessions, which will give you the opportunity to drive and fire a steam locomotive (plus act as guard) on a train running on the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway. You will be given an introduction to the Somerset & Dorset railway, it’s history, closure and reopening, a tour of the site, and then following a safety briefing, you will climb on the footplate to learn how to fire and drive Jinty 47406, a type of locomotive that once ran up and down the line. In addition, you will learn the skills needed to act as guard on the train, including supervising the safe descent of the line.
Included in the half day experience will be a meal in our static dining car, plus a free year’s membership of the S&D Railway Heritage Trust (if not already a member), plus a commemorative certificate. The total cost is £250.
There are only a few spaces left on our Driver Experience Course on Thursday March 22nd, so please book early if you would like to take part in this unique opportunity. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


More track laid by volunteers at Midsomer Norton Station has increased the length of running line by 50%. This means that visitors will soon be able to travel almost up to the Chilcompton tunnel by train. The Spring Gala event in March will be an opportunity to ride behind a Jinty tank engine from the Great Central Railway. 


Jintys used to be the workhorses on the old Somerset and Dorset Railway. Shunting the yard at Radstock and then bringing empty coal wagons up to Norton Hill pit, shunting the yard here and then returning to Radstock with full coal wagons would be a typical day's work for such a locomotive. Five locos were built specifically for the S&DJR by Bagnalls of Stafford in 1929 but paid- for by the Midland Railway and numbered in the S&D listing 19 -24. 


Volunteers  are busy making sure that visitors have an all round experience when they visit the station for special events like the Spring Gala.  As well as the special events the station is open on Sundays and Mondays for volunteers to work but with the shop, buffet car, and Museum also open to the public. The Railway welcomes men and women of all ages from teens to eighties to join their volunteers, especially if they are local.


Posing for our photo from the left are John and Tony and Kirsteen who work in the garden. Linda in the front is found in the gift and railwayana shop, Doug with the wheelbarrow is a gardener then at the back is Keith, a painter and carpenter, then Barry and Rich on the back right are helping to renovate the Midland coach in which they are standing.

For more details about Midsomer Norton Station volunteers call 01761 411221, drop in on a Sunday or Monday

After two very successful working weekends, members of the track gang were back on site on Sunday and with no slackening of pace were able to lay another three track panels - approximately 180 feet of track on the Sunday.
Building on the excellent preparation work from the previous weekend when the majority of the F27 concrete sleepers had been laid out, correctly spaced and aligned, the 10-12 members on site were able to position the rail, cut and drill where required and clip into place three more panels.  A dry but slightly chilly day provided excellent working conditions. The estimate now  is that another three panels should bring the line very close to the wooden electricity pole in the photograph and then another five panels will bring the extension within feet of the infill fence.
The track gang will be continuing laying rail throughout December with the target of having all the rail in place by late December / early January. A great deal of work will then be required to level and ballast the running line and install fencing with an Easter opening as the planned target opening day for the extension. 
Good progress over the last few months with the track laying together with some tree clearance has resulted in an opening out of the formation and there are now fabulous views over the Somerset countryside which in a few months time passengers will be able to enjoy from the train.
There is still a great deal to do to prepare the extension for an Easter opening. A third working weekend is being proposed for January with the focus on jacking and packing the line to ensure its suitable for the operation of passenger trains. A date and further details will be posted on the website once a date is confirmed. If you'd like to get involved and return another small part of this iconic line to operational use, please watch for an update and further details in the coming weeks.
From an operating perspective, the Board and Trust are still discussing various proposals for the operations of trains up to the infill.  A number of options including a run round loop and a small halt allowing passengers to alight have been suggested. However at this time no final decision has been made.

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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