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Video from a very busy 46th Model Railway Exhibition
Posted on 6th January 2020

Saturday 4 January was a very busy day at our 46th Model Railway Exhibition in Edington.

Here's Callum Wilcox's video record of the event.

Trust's 46th Model Railway Exhibition will be first outing for Taunton MRG's Bishops Lydeard layout
Posted on 3rd January 2020

A train pulling into Bishops Lydeard station on Taunton MRG's model layout

3 January 2020.

Our 46th Model Railway Exhibition is on 4-5 January at Edington Village Hall, Broadway, Edington, Somerset TA7 9HA (full details here).

To be seen for the first time away from 'home' will be the Taunton Model Railway Group's Bishops Lydeard layout. Normally this 30ft-long layout is found on platform 1 at Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset Railway.

Along with this will be a dozen other layouts plus several traders, Trust sales stand, demonstrations and of course Carol's kitchen for snacks and refreshments.

There's free parking right outside but if you don't drive, the exhibition can be reached by public transport as detailed on our dedicated exhibition page.

Latest Ivo Peters DVD with remastered footage
Posted on 11th December 2019

Ivo Peters Collection, Volume 6, Ironstone Lines

Just released is this latest remastered DVD of Ivo Peters’ classic scenes of the mainly narrow gauge Ironstone Lines of Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire from 1961-1969.

Some of the most delightful and attractive industrial railways in the whole country which ran along the edges of fields, through small woods and in the heart of the countryside.

Available now from Trust sales at £16.95 plus £1.20 p&p.


13 layouts already booked for 46th Edington Model Railway Exhibition
Posted on 6th December 2019

Streatwell Green, one of the layouts booked to appear in the exhibition.

We now have 13 layouts booked for our 46th Edington Model Railway Exhibition on 4-5 January from 10am. Make sure to add this to your calendar!

Taking place at Edington Village Hall, TA7 9HA, there will be layouts in various gauges including N, OO, O, 009, etc. Full details on our dedicated webpage.

Along with free parking, trade stands, DVD corner, food and refreshments, and of course the Trust's own sales stand, this will make a great day out.

[Photo by Dave Temple]

Latest magazine recalls the expansion of the S&D in its heyday
Posted on 1st December 2019

Front cover of Pines Express issue 295.

1 December 2019.

In our latest magazine, out now, Jonathan Edwards starts a fascinating two-part article on the doubling of the S&D line south of Templecombe. Drawing extensively from original Joint Committee documents in the National Archives, he describes the S&D at its zenith.

Along with other articles, great photos, both Trust and general S&D news plus a sales supplement, our 40-page magazine is a great read. Find out more about membership here!


Members now get an automatic 20% off the photographic and audio collections
Posted on 25th November 2019

A screenshot of some of the categories in our S&D photo collection section in the online shop

Trust members who have an account with the online shop will now automatically receive 20% off all of the over 600 downloadable images in our online shop and all of the downloadable audio files in our audio recollections section - including such figures as Donald Beale, Peter Smith and Ivo Peters.

If you have an account, log in, and the prices shown in these sections will fall by 20%, ie, the photos will show £1.20. Alternatively, add the items to your basket and then log in; the prices in the basket will immediately adjust.

New members, or members setting up an account with the shop, will normally have their discount added within 72 hours.

These and other benefits - along with our quarterly 40-page magazine - come with subscriptions that start at just £14 annually. New members joining now will have membership until the end of 2020. Why not join us now?

Results of the modellers' wishlist poll
Posted on 18th November 2019

18 November 2019.

The results have been released for the wishlist poll for new 00-gauge models that was announced in a news item last month:

The S&D in The 00 Wishlist Poll 2019
Brian Macdermott reports the following from the results of the Poll.
In The Top 50
SR Q 0-6-0
High Polling
Caprotti Black 5
Stanier 3P 2-6-2T (40071-40209)
Middle Polling
S&D 7F 2-8-0 Large Boiler
S&D Wagons, Vans & Brake Van
SDJR Bogie Coaching Stock
Low Polling
S&D 7F 2-8-0 Small Boiler
Winter sales list available now - S&D calendar, Ivo Peters Christmas Cards and much more!
Posted on 2nd November 2019

Our Winter sales list is now available with seasonal goods as well as our usual wide range of S&D-related products.

Always popular are Christmas Cards featuring a photo by Ivo Peters and our calendar with a colour image from the Trust's extensive collection for every month.

Click on the image above to see the list in pdf format - then click on any product image to go straight to the ordering point for that item (subject to stock availability).

If you prefer to order the traditional way - by post with a cheque - then we have provided a handy order form on the last page.