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A quick look around our Edington Model Railway Exhibition
Posted on 5th January 2019

Don't miss our 45th Model Railway Exhibition on 5/6 January
Posted on 31st December 2018

Don't forget the 45th S&DRT Model Railway Exhibition, Edington Village Hall, Somerset, TA7 9HA, from 10am on Saturday/Sunday 5/6 January. Click here for more info.

We have 13 layouts confirmed, including Callum Willcox’s OO9 WW1 layout 'Amiens 1918' (pictured). Callum is fresh from his exploits on Channel 5’s Great Model Railway Challenge and you may recognise some of the stock from his team’s TV Blackadder layout. 

Here's a video of Callum's Amiens layout:


Our online photo collection now stands at 424 images
Posted on 31st December 2018

The locomotives from the Bath leg of the RCTS Railtour on 2 January 1966 seen at Bath loco depot

Our online S&D photo collection has now reached 424 images, all available for immediate purchase and download.

The latest images added include Bath Green Park and Midsomer Norton. The example shown is 31639 and 34015 on shed after working the RCTS Railtour into Bath on 2 January 1966.

Trust's S&D First Class carriage shortlisted for prestigious award
Posted on 21st December 2018

The Trust's original S&D First Class carriage - Coach 4, built at Highbridge Works in 1886 - has been shortlisted for the Heritage Railway Association's Carriage & Wagon Awards, due to be presented in February.

After withdrawal from service in around 1930, the carriage served for many decades as a cricket pavilion at Templecombe. It was rescued by the Trust in 1986 and restored at Washford over the next 30 years.

The Trust has two further carriages, both Third Class, and is currently considering how these may be best restored.

[Photo by Dave Temple]

Another good read: Pines Express issue 291
Posted on 11th December 2018

Pines Express issue 291 and some of the pages inside this issue.

Our Winter magazine is out now with yet another 40 pages of articles, photo features, news, etc! Join us now from £14.

Contents include:
- Modelling focus: Vic Whittaker's building of a working S&D 7F model reaches Part 3 - smokebox and running boards now in place!

The viaduct at Prestleigh: Photographs of the viaduct from just before, and during, demolition.

S&D stations - Henstridge: This may have been the smallest station but it wasn't always the quietest...

2B92 or not 2B92? That is the question...: Roger Newport with a discussion about S&D train reporting numbers.

George Tucker - a photo selection: The oldest S&D driver, who had died in September.

Percy Parsons: Percy tells us of some unusual movements during the ASLEF strike in 1955.

Not another culvert!: A light-hearted look at how a history society responded to a less engaging subject!

- Great centre-spread photo from our extensive archive.

- 8 pages of news from the Trust and other S&D organisations.

- Our latest Sales List - a 4-page pull-out.

Bill Pike
Posted on 9th December 2018

The Trust regrets to record the passing this morning (Sunday 9 December) of Bill Pike, a former S&D staff member and a member of the Trust for many years.

Bill had worked with Percy Parsons [who was interviewed by Rob Bell in the recent Channel 5 railway walking series] and both had kept in regular touch since.

Trust's Model Railway Exhibition has 14 layouts booked for 5/6 January
Posted on 6th December 2018

A view from last year's Edington Exhibition

Keep your eyes on the calendar this Christmas as the mince pies will hardly be finished before it's time for the Trust's Annual Model Railway Exhibition at Edington Village Hall in Somerset.

A regular feature in our calendar for many decades, this will be the 45th exhibition.

14 layouts are currently booked, as well as several traders.

It'll be well worth a visit - for comprehensive info., see our exhibition page.


Our Winter sales list has a wide selection to tempt the S&D enthusiast
Posted on 11th November 2018

The sales list for the Winter edition of our magazine is now available and has a wide selection to tempt the S&D enthusiast in the run-up to Christmas.

We've S&D-related DVDs, books, coasters, sweatshirts and a new S&DRT mug plus interesting titles on Railway Newsreels, the work of David Shepherd and the role of women on the railways in WWII.

The sales list which will be added to every copy of our Winter magazine.

When viewing online, clicking on any product image will take you straight to the ordering point for that item on our website. Alternatively, when printed, all items have QR codes.

However, if you prefer the traditional way with a hand-written order and a cheque then we have included an order form page.

The proceeds from these sales help the Trust enormously in its restoration and conservation work.

Please note: last ordering day for Christmas delivery is 17 December.