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Don't forget your booking for the Annual Special Train
Posted on 22nd June 2019

The Annual Special Train is on Sunday 7 July and is due to be hauled by our S&D 7F No. 53808 from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and return.

You must book by 26 June to be sure of your seat - and optional food orders. Fares are no more than £12 and with all proceeds going to the Trust.

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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.

Our Annual Special Train - Sunday 7 July
Posted on 3rd May 2019

3 May 2019

Now that the West Somerset Railway is running to Minehead again, why not book our Special Train? It's due to be hauled, as usual, by 53808 and with adult fares at just £12 (children £6, family £25), it's great value.

Plus, you can also order a Railwayman's lunch (outward journey) and a cream tea for the return at the time of booking. All are welcome, not just S&DRT members. But remember, last bookings are on 26 June!

The Annual Special Train is provided as part of the hire agreement for 53808 so all proceeds are retained by the Trust, supporting our restoration and conservation work. The picture shows 53808 at Bishops Lydeard with the Special Train in 2017 - photo by Jason Baker.

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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 Annual Special Train on Sunday 7 July is available to book
Posted on 18th March 2019

The S&DRT Annual Special Train awaits departure from Bishops Lydeard in 2018

Enjoy a Summer day out on the West Somerset Railway for no more than £12 ... on our Annual Special Train on Sunday 7 July.

Departing from Bishops Lydeard at 11.40 and returning from Minehead at 17.25, the train is due - as always - to be hauled by our S&D 7F, No. 53808. The service will also stop at Washford for the S&DRT museum and at Dunster for the castle and village.

Food is available to pre-order - a Railwayman's Lunch (vegetarian option available) on the outward journey and a cream tea on the return.

Please note that bookings must be made by 26 June and that no actual tickets will be sent to you - your email confirmation is your ticket.

The Annual Special Train is provided as part of the hire agreement for 53808 and therefore the Trust retains all the proceeds from this service.

Book now!