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George Tucker
Posted on 5th September 2018

R.I.P. George Tucker

His S&D colleagues have today announced the sad news of the passing of George Tucker on Sunday 2 September. George was 100 years old and the oldest surviving S&D driver.

His funeral is at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath on 21 September at 2.20 pm. All are welcome.

The photo shows George in 2017 on the footplate of our S&D 7F No. 53808 on the occasion of the Annual Special Train on the West Somerset Railway.

[Photo by Jason Baker].


Great video featuring 53808 on a London-Minehead special
Posted on 3rd September 2018

Here's a great video featuring several minutes of footage of our S&D 7F No. 53808 in action hauling 10 carriages.

The train was the West Somerset Steam Express from London Paddington to Minehead on 18 August... running just a few days after Network Rail lifted the ban on steam-only services in the West Country.

In the video, we see 60009 Union of South Africa on the run to Taunton where 53808 takes over for the trip over the branch to Minehead.

Unique first-numbered books signed by Prince Michael, Phil Collins and others - on sale!
Posted on 26th August 2018

Legends of the Somerset & Dorset Railway

Seven S&D No.1, first-in-series books signed by Prince Michael of Kent, Phil Collins, Michael Eavis, Tony Christie... and S&D staff are now on sale!

He's very much a legend of pop music and has seen many No.1s of a musical kind, but Phil Collins' signature appears in a different sort of No.1; the very first numbered book of Alan Hammond's Legends of the Somerset & Dorset Railway in which he wrote the forward.

Many of the other six books have been signed by familiar figures in public, and former S&D staff. The Trust is delighted to be assisting Alan Hammond with the sale of these unique books - see our website for more details and to purchase.

We've plenty of other items of S&D interest in our online shop, so why not have a browse while you're there.

Summer steam activity at Washford
Posted on 26th August 2018

West Country class 34046 'Braunton' is currently appearing as 34052 'Lord Dowding' and looked magnificent when pictured passing our museum and workshops at Washford on Tuesday 21st August. 34046 will be seen in this guise until the end of September.

Meanwhile, the Trust's own S&D 7F, 53808, brought up two specials from Bishops Lydeard, the first on Saturday 18th and the other on Tuesday.

[Photos by Dave Temple]

Photos from the Norton Fitzwarren Steam Rally
Posted on 6th August 2018

Here is a selection of photos from the Saturday at the Steam Rally.

Respectively, they show:

- A general view of the platform at Norton Fitzwarren.

- S&D Coach 4, built in 1886 and fully restored by the Trust.

- Our BR 'Fruit D' van, with refreshments being served inside.

- The Trust's sales stand.

- ... and finally, 1219 Caledonia Works - which is usually based at Washford - operating brake van rides.

S&DRT at Norton Fitzwarren Steam Rally, 4-5 August
Posted on 3rd August 2018

The sight of our S&D 7F No. 53808 on the Severn Coast Express - a service for exhibitors - is a reminder that this weekend it's the steam rally at Norton Fitzwarren!

We have Coach 4 - an original S&D First Class carriage built at Highbridge in 1886 - and our BR 'Fruit D' van on the platform at Norton.

Refreshments will be available in the welcome shade of the Fruit D and our sales stand will be nearby with a wide variety of stock, both S&D-related and of more general steam interest. Come & see us!

Summer walk & cycle ride to reveal the history of the Bridgwater branch
Posted on 22nd July 2018

This August, Dave Bown, a local historian and author of books on the S&D's Bridgwater branch line will be leading both a walk and a cycle ride exploring the route of the branch.

On Thursday 16 August, a 3.4 mile evening walk will take place in the Bawdrip and Cossington area, followed on Saturday 18 August by a 13.5 mile cycle ride from Bawdrip all the way to Edington Junction and back.

See more details on this link, together with contact details for the leader: click here.

Trust seeks new Company Secretary
Posted on 22nd July 2018

Could you help us with building on the Trust's achievements for the future?

The Trust is seeking a Company Secretary - this would suit someone with admin. experience; a retired Town Clerk, perhaps.

If this could be you, please call Ian Young, Chairman of S&DRT Ltd., on 01252 878474 to discuss or click here to email.