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Sale on now in our online shop
Posted on 26th January 2019

Many items are currently at reduced prices in our online shop; this year's calendar, mugs, coasters, working timetables and so on. 

While you're there, why not have a look through our selection of books and DVDs - many with an S&D connection. 

Video of the Annual Model Railway Exhibition at Edington
Posted on 8th January 2019

Callum Willcox, one of the exhibitors at Edington writes:

"5th & 6th January 2019 saw the Somerset & Dorset Trust host it's annual Model Railway Exhibition, at Edington Village Hall, Somerset.
This years line-up featured no less than 12 layouts in a variety of gauges and scales, as well as a selection of Trade Stands and Demos. The event also saw Amiens 1918's first outing for 2019, with the layout preforming well over the weekend.
Hope you enjoy!"

Photos from the Winter Steam-up at the Helston Railway
Posted on 8th January 2019

Following on from the video of Kilmersdon, here are some stills, also from Saturday 5 January, at the Helston Railway in Cornwall.

Helston train services take a break now and resume on 28 March.

[Photos by Brian Kennedy]

Kilmersdon at the Helston Railway’s Winter Steam-up
Posted on 6th January 2019
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]