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Washford Beer Festival on today - with evening bus service Friday/Saturday
Posted on 20th June 2019

20 June 2019

The Beer Festival shortly after opening on Thursday. [Photo by Dave Temple]

The Beer Festival at Washford is on from today until Saturday, during the Diesel Gala. Why not drop in? More information is on the earlier posting further down the page. Although there are no evening trains, the WSR have announced a free evening bus service for ticket holders:

"On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June Crosville Vintage Ltd will be providing an evening bus service from Washford Station to coincide with our Washford Beer Festival and Diesel Gala.

The Bus will depart Washford at 9pm and will drop off at Watchet, Williton, Bishops Lydeard and Taunton.

Those with tickets for travel on those dates will be permitted to travel on the bus free of charge."

The last scheduled Route 28 bus towards Minehead follows a few minutes later.

Remembering Ivo Peters, 30 years on
Posted on 7th June 2019


Ivo Peters with his 16mm film camera, photographed beside the S&D line.

Ivo Peters' death on 7 June 1989 marked the end of an era, in S&D terms. On our Facebook page, we have a short clip with Ivo telling an amusing story about a visit to Midsomer Norton station.

This is part of around 90 minutes of recordings of Ivo from 1979/80 that along with 16 other audio volumes, mostly staff recollections, are now available as digital downloads in our online shop. Many years ago, they were issued on cassette tape and some have more recently been sold on CD.

The recordings of Ivo - in conversation with Trust member and Dorchester group organiser Peter Foster - are a very special record of times past. The Trust gave both Julian Peters and Mike Arlett prior access to the recordings before the re-issue in downloadable format.

{Photo copyright R C Riley]

Wide selection of ales at the Washford Beer Festival, 20-22 June, during the Diesel Gala
Posted on 20th May 2019

The 2018 Beer Festival, held in the workshops at Washford.

20 May 2019.

Taking place during the Diesel Gala - from Thursday 20 June to Saturday 22 June - the Beer Festival will once again be held in the workshops at the Trust's base at Washford station.

In association with the WSR and CAMRA, the event will offer at least 24 cask-condtioned ales and six ciders and will be open from midday to 8pm on Thursday and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

The list of beers and ciders expected is now available.

Furthermore, special tickets are available from Bishops Lydeard (£22.50) and Minehead (£15.50) that include the return travel and tokens for three half pints. The links are here: Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Why not come and enjoy this wide range of ales and ciders and while you're here have a look around Coach 4, our original 1886 S&D Highbridge-built carriage and the many other exhibits that we have at Washford.

Trust AGM on Saturday 4 May
Posted on 2nd May 2019

2 May 2019

If you're a member of the Trust, don't forget the AGM which is on Saturday 4 May at Edington Village Hall, Somerset TA7 9HA.

The hall is open at 12.00 noon with snacks and refreshments available and the meeting starts at 1.30 pm.

Following the more formal business of the meeting, the Chairman will be hosting a members' discussion covering preservation, modelling and history. 

West Somerset Railway running through Washford once again
Posted on 19th April 2019

19 April 2019

The West Somerset Railway is once again running trains through Washford as from today - Good Friday - and our shop & museum are open... see the Facebook announcement below.

Our Spring magazine is another great read
Posted on 8th March 2019

Pines Express magazine, issue 292

Our Spring magazine is out now with plenty of S&D reading and photos - why not join us?


  • BR's 1960 deliberation on S&D through traffic: the S&D went from investment to plans for complete closure in under four years - this article tells the story of how the outlook changed and how it was intended to accommodate the through traffic on other routes. Based upon the content of original documents that are now part of the Trust's archive.
  • Modelling an S&D 7F in 7¼” gauge: we're now at part 4 and Vic has completed items that would be impossible to reach with the boiler in place and... has run the engine on compressed air. Music to his ears!
  • Researching S&D photographers: Dave Bown finds that there is quite a story behind photos of the Bridgwater branch by Owen Prosser and speculates as to his purpose in travelling on the branch that day.
  • S&D stations part 16 - Bath Green Park: after the smallest station on the line, David Grimwood now describes the largest in the latest installment in his series.
  • Percy Parsons: after a set of points was altered at Highbridge, Burnham excursion passengers found themselves in a vehicle with no seating. How would the Station Master be appeased?
  • S&D photos by Gwen Chapman. When young enthusiast Tim Chapman was being taken around the S&D by his aunt, she also took photos; we have a selection of her work.
  • Itinerary from the SLS Special on 6 March 1966: the first two pages from this fascinating document.
  • Centre-spread photo: an October morning at Midsomer Norton South in 1965.
  • No less than eight pages of news... and much more!
A great evening at the Heritage Railway Association Annual Awards
Posted on 10th February 2019

On the stage at the HRA awards

We had a great evening at the Heritage Railway Association Awards on Saturday 9 February. 

Although we didn't win our category with the restoration of Coach 4, it was good to meet so many other groups with similar interests.

Along with Ian Young, S&DRT Chairman, several members of the restoration team past and present attended the event; Neil Pankhurst's involvement with the Trust goes back several decades.

Our friends at the Helston Railway were there and deservedly won a category with the re-creation of Truthall Halt... Kilmersdon should be steaming down to Truthall again from 28 March, and with a record 10,000+ visitors in 2018, the Helston is looking forward to another year of solid progress.

[Photos by Rod Ormston]

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.