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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.

Whitaker Tablet Apparatus being checked at Washford
Posted on 27th October 2018

Looking rather like a very large set-square, the picture shows one of our Whitaker Gauges in use at our Washford museum.

The Whitaker apparatus - patented by Alfred Whitaker in 1905 whilst he was Locomotive Superintendent of the S&D - enabled the automatic exchange of tablets between signallers and footplate crew without having to slow right down at the beginning and end of each single-track section.

To function correctly, the trackside apparatus has to be adjusted for the correct height and distance from the track and this is what the gauge in the picture assists with. It originated from Stalbridge and is seen here with Trust volunteer Paul Cracknell. Another gauge - also at our museum - was used to set the height of the corresponding apparatus on the locomotive.

Modellers and collectors to be able to vote for the models they'd like to see produced - including S&D types
Posted on 9th October 2018

Brian McDermott writes, "The Wishlist Poll will be running from 15 October to 3 November at: This annual poll provides an easy and enjoyable way for modellers and collectors to indicate to the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run 00 railway models what they would like to see made.

The 20 categories cover steam, diesel and electric locos; DMUs; EMUs; passenger and non-passenger-carrying coaching stock; freight and departmental stock; standard gauge industrial locos; and London Underground.

You will find many S&D items to vote for.

The accompanying Guide to The Poll – about 95,000 words plus 1800 links – is particularly useful if, for example, you don’t know the build dates of the various BR Mk1 catering vehicles, or whether one particular diesel shunter will suit your needs better than others.

S&D author, Brian Macdermott, is the ‘lead role’ and will be happy to answer any queries:"