Image © Tim Edmonds, http://www.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/snap.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2019/05/248
6 November 2020.
A joint statement from the West Somerset Railway PLC and S&DRT Ltd. regarding the Washford yard is available on this link.
5 November 2020.
A statement from our Chairman, incorporating a joint release from the Mid-Hants. Railway Ltd., the Mid-Hants. Railway Preservation Society Ltd. and S&DRT Ltd. is available on this link.
The Somerset & Dorset Railway ran from Bath across the Mendips and through Dorset to Bournemouth, with branch lines across the Somerset Levels to Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Wells, explained here. The line’s early days are fondly remembered for its Prussian Blue engines and coaches, and later for the holiday expresses from the north of England to the south coast. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust keeps these and many other memories alive through its extensive museum collection and archives, engines and rolling stock, restoration workshop, events and quarterly magazine.
MANY NEW MEMBERS JOINING
9 new members in the two weeks up to 6 December.
170 new members so far this year.
Keep up to date with the latest news about our heritage railway steam engines and coaches, our workshops at Washford, and make a note of events celebrating the Somerset & Dorset Railway, including area group meetings, listed here
Our members receive a variety of benefits including our quarterly magazine. Many also volunteer to keep steam railway memories alive by repairing and restoring rolling stock, researching and writing articles, staffing our shop and arranging events. Your contribution is welcomed – you can join online here.
Information about the extensive photo collection of our favourite steam railway can be found here , we also now have several videos. Check the latest on Somerset & Dorset modelling news and ideas, and learn from the experience of fellow modellers here. Find out more about our annual model railway exhibition here.
As well as the museum, the Trust cares for extensive material and items covering all aspects of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, available for viewing and research. Check how to find and access this material here.
The Trust works in partnership with others to keep alive the memory of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and importance as a major cross-country route for the communities through which it passed.
As well as gathering and recording information about the line, through artefacts, archives and oral history, the Trust promotes the spirit of the S&D through its locomotives and rolling stock, still at work today and accessible at our extensive facilities at Washford on the West Somerset Railway.
The Trust arranges events including an annual Model Railway Exhibition at Edington (near Bridgwater), except in Jaunuary 2021 .