Modelling the Somerset & Dorset Railway

The railway has proved hugely popular with modellers, and a wide range of SDJR models is available in 4mm and 7mm scales. While there are some ready-to-run examples in 4mm scale, most come in kit form.

We hope modellers will share your experiences, questions and responses by contributing to these pages and through the 'Pines Express'. We also hope to pass on information about new releases, as they become available.

Please let us hear from you, either here or via the Editor of our quarterly Pines Express magazine; editor[@]sdrt.org - please delete the square brackets before sending.

Read about the S&D modelling activities of our members and others in this 4-page extract from our magazine.

The Trust has held a highly successful annual Model Railway Exhibition in January for over 40 years. Here are the details for the exhibition showing the most recent exhibition, and when available, the dates for the next one.

The Trust stocks a number of 00 Scale limited edition wagons, including some newly added versions which can be viewed in the Sales section.

Richard Barton explains clearly about modelling SDJR coaches taking account of different roof heights and other detailed differences here.

We are always pleased to hear about your modelling, and welcome photos and articles. Email them to us here.

Andrew Pearce's S&D layout

Andrew has an excellent and constantly evolving layout - here are the latest videos!

The S&D - July 2019

Andrew says "For this video I have selected to show the time period 08.45 to 12.30 on a typical Summer Saturday. The working timetable shows 14 trains in and 13 outgoing which entailed 37 loco movements. What a busy place BATH GREEN PARK was on a Summer Saturday."

The S&D - May 2019

"A very full programme of S&D and Midland line movements in and out of BATH GREEN PARK with a very varied selection of motive power as was to be seen on the line in the 1950's and 1960's."

The S&D - April 2019

"April's offering of The Somerset & Dorset Railway at work. Much of what you will see is from the Summer Saturday timetable. In the hour between 13.30 and 14.30 there are 10 workings and 18 loco movements and this is just one hour out of a very full day starting in the early hours with the overnight expresses. What a busy place."

The S&D - March 2019

"Latest progress at Bath Green Park with a wide variety of trains and locos as seen in the 1950's and 60's on the S&D. Enjoy."

The S&D - February 2019

"Another look at the Somerset & Dorset Railway in the 1950's and 60's with a wide selection of typical passenger and freight movements to be seen at Bath Green Park and on the line south. Enjoy."

The S&D - January 2019

The S&D - November 2018

The S&D - October 2018

The S&D - September 2018

The S&D - August 2018

The S&D - June 2018

The S&D - May 2018

The S&D - April 2018

The S&D - March 2018

The S&D - February 2018

The S&D - January 2018

M196 - the train reporting number for the 10.28 Manchester (London Rd) - Bournemouth West. A Summer Saturday express.​ (December 2017)