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Find a bargain in the second-hand S&D books section now in our online shop
Posted on 11th October 2019

Examples of the books now being sold in our second-hand book and DVDs section

11 October 2019.

We've now added a section in our online shop for pre-owned books, DVDs, etc, related to the S&D.

Why not browse through and find yourself some good S&D reading material at a very favourable price?

Initially, we have just books on offer but this will be considerably expanded very soon.

Donated shunter will enable easier movements on the Washford site
Posted on 9th October 2019

9 October 2019

Recently arrived at Washford is this diesel shunter, Andrew Barclay No. 349, built in 1941. It was generously donated to us by Damien Stabler of Suffolk and had been based on the Colne Valley Railway.

The shunter is in working order which will make it much easier to move stock around the Washford site; in doing so, creating additional visitor interest.

No. 349 was one of a batch of five and was delivered to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Puriton near Bridgwater in 1941. It was used during the war for moving raw materials and finished exposives for use in munitions. After the war, it went to Abelson & Co. (Engineers) of Sheldon, Birmingham (a manufacturer of cranes, dumpers, etc) and then to the Haunchwood Brick & Tile Co. in Warwickshire prior to preservation in the 1980s. There are only two of this type of locomotive known to have survived and this one is the most complete.

Mr Stabler had ownership of the loco for 13 years but was struggling to find the time to spend on it - so we were more than happy to offer it a new home.

[Photo by David Temple]

S&DRT Dorchester Group programme published
Posted on 9th September 2019

The S&DRT's Dorchester Group - run by Peter & Heather Foster for over 30 years - has published the programme for the new season.

All are welcome - with a £2 fee to cover costs - at the Colliton Club (adjacent to County Hall), Dorchester DT1 1XZ. Parking is available adjacent to the venue for a fee, although is free elsewhere. Alternatively, the venue is about 15 minutes walk from Dorchester South station.

Please arrive from 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Contact the Fosters on 01305 262121 for any further information.

Date Presenter Subject
Friday September 27th 2019 Simon Foote An evening of British steam nostalgia
Friday October 25th 2019 John Chappell John's Travels in 2019
Friday November 29th 2019 Paul Atterbury Title to be advised
Friday January 31st 2020 Brian Jackson Jackson Goes West: God's Wonderful Railway– Yeovil to Penzance
Friday February 28th 2020 David Coombs Green and maroon diesels with a touch of steam
Friday March 27th 2020 Colin Stone Poole to Poole via John O' Groats to Land's End
Friday April 24th 2020 Bob Bunyar Swindon to Swindon via Southampton Central
Plenty to see at Washford during the WSR 40s weekend, 14/15 September
Posted on 9th September 2019

Make sure you drop in to Washford during the West Somerset Railway's 40s weekend! Attractions include:

- Detachment of the Home Guard.
- 1940 Paris Jazz Singers (from 2-4 pm on both days).
- Model Radio-controlled Tanks.
- Women's Royal Voluntary Service Food tent.
- Armoured car.
- Road-mending crew and demonstration.
- A good place to see the military train go through.

Plus, our museum will be open with S&DJR Coach 4 available to view and there will be a wide range of S&D-related products to browse in our shop.
You might even see the King or Winston Churchill!

Contrasts in the appearance of 8F No. 48706
Posted on 3rd September 2019

48706 at the head of a line of empty wagons at Norton Hill Colliery in October 1965.

3 September 2019.

The enduring memory of 8F No. 48706 is at the head of the SLS railtour on the very last day of the S&D, 6 March 1966... cleaned up, and with bright red buffer beam and clearly picked-out number.

However, a few months earlier - October '65 - 48706 was photographed at work with a train of empty wagons at Norton Hill Colliery in a thoroughly grimy state, not uncommon on the S&D at that time.

This picture is one of the latest to be added to the photo collection in our online shop.

The colliery connected to the S&D main line just outside Midsomer Norton South station. The colliery closed in 1966, along with the line that served it.

43924's travels on the S&D
Posted on 30th August 2019

One of our members caught up with No. 43924 (originally LMS No. 3924) on a dining service from Keighley on 24 August, pictured here.

In 1962, 43924 spent a short time allocated to Templecombe depot, but - keeping a comprehensive timeline on 43924's travels - the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway were interested to know how far down the S&D their loco had been.

In a 2017 edition of their magazine, they had included a photo of unknown origin and date of 43924 at Blandford.... however, when we published the same in our magazine 'Pines Express', with the help of our members, all the information fell into place as can be seen in the magazine pages included here (click on the images).


Along with further information from S&DRT members Ted Goater and Tim Chapman, the KWVR's extensive timeline gained extra detail and more photos!

[43924 photo by Vic Whittaker]

Our Autumn Sales List is now available
Posted on 30th August 2019

Our latest sales list has three pages of S&D interest - the first page is illustrated here. Why not have a browse?

It's in pdf format and the product illustrations click straight through to ordering if the item is in stock. Click here or on the image.

If you prefer to order the traditional way - by post with a cheque - just print the order form on the fourth page.











Join us now for membership lasting until the end of 2020
Posted on 22nd August 2019

Membership promotion. New memberships - from £14 - will last until the end of 2020.








Interested in the S&D? Join us now from £14 and your membership will last until the end of 2020.

Members receive a quarterly 40-page magazine plus a travel discount on the West Somerset Railway, and other benefits.

Subscriptions help the Trust fund its restoration and conservation work. Click the link above to find out more!