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A wide variety of content makes for a great read in our latest magazine
Posted on 19th December 2017

The Winter issue of our magazine has 40 pages - including sales supplement - with plenty of great S&D reading. Make sure of your copy - and all of next year's quarterly copies - by joining us now from £14; excellent value!

Contents include:

- An evening excursion: Terry Stone recalls a journey from Wincanton to Bath in 1963.... returning on the last service of the day. The article is full of minor observations that add up to a fascinating read.

- Feedback & information requests - four pages of lively S&D discussion, including a long-running 'conversation' about 75009 & 75023!

​- Locomotive performance - those 7Fs again! Tony Davies follows up on Ted Goater's article in the previous issue about 53808 & 53809 working over the Mendips.

​- Coach 4 - an original S&D carriage from 1886 which spent 50 years after withdrawal as a cricket pavilion - is now fully restored and here, Ted Lambe shows how vintage luggage racks can be constructed, using a procedure which could be applied to other restorations.

​- Update on the Trust's replica 'Midford' signalbox: including a picture of all the instruments and their operational status.

​- Jane Riley's paintings - Ivo Peters' photos from Bath Green Park that Jane has not only painted but colourised as well.

​- More lively than its neighbours! Fitting in well with Terry Stone's excursion article, David Grimwood looks at Wincanton in this, part 11 of his S&D stations series.

​- Six pages of news: Trust news, plus the latest from Midsomer Norton, Shillingstone and Spetisbury.

​- Engineering works at Washford: Steam heating for our Peckett.

​- Rear cover photos: including a superb shot of the Trust's restored S&D 7F No.53808 at Dunster on the West Somerset Railway. 

The S&DRT takes its photographic collection online
Posted on 8th December 2017

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust has 3000 S&D images in its archive and over 80 are now available in our online shop for immediate download. Many hundreds more have already been scanned and will follow in due course. Should any image be of particular interest, we can supply high resolution versions upon request.

The inital images are taken from the John Woods colour collection (300+ images) and the David Milton collection (600+ images); on these the Trust holds all rights. The starting offering includes 57 images from Evercreech Junction, covering all sorts of locomotives, services and scenes right through to the last weekend of the S&D, 5th & 6th March 1966.

800-pixel wide images for personal use can be downloaded immediately and are priced at £1.50. We can also supply 3000-pixel wide images for personal use at £6 and full resolution scans at £10 upon request. Trust members will shortly be able to obtain all image sizes with 20% discount.

53808 featured on the front cover of 'Steam Railway' magazine
Posted on 4th December 2017

Plenty to see at our 2018 Edington Model Railway Exhibition!
Posted on 30th November 2017

Image from just one of the layouts booked at the 2018 exhibition

The S&DRT's 2018 Model Railway Exhibition is at Edington once again on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th January.
You'll have no time to take down the festive decorations that weekend with no less than nine layouts in a variety of gauges booked plus sales stands from the Gartell Railway, Kingfisher Productions and the S&DRT.
There'll also be an S&D exhibition. Snacks & refreshments will be available.
The venue is Edington Village Hall, Edington, near Bridgwater, Somerset. TA7 9HZ.
Opening times:
Saturday 6th January - 10 'til 5.
Sunday 7th January - 10 'til 4.30.
Admission prices:
Adults £5.00.
Concessions £4.50.
Accompanied children under 16 - free.


S&DRT Dorchester Area Group celebrates 30 years and 300 meetings
Posted on 3rd November 2017

The 300th meeting of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust's Dorchester Area Group

This year has already seen one significant 30th anniversary marked - that of the return to steam of our restored S&D 7F, No. 53808 - only to be followed by another: 30 years of the Dorchester Area Group!

Peter and Heather Foster started the group at their house on a cold and frosty evening in January 1987 with 18 railway enthusiasts attending.

Thirty years on, around 40 members of the Dorchester Area Group celebrated their 300th meeting at the Colliton Club in Dorchester during October, with a special celebration programme by Antiques Roadshow personality Dr. Paul Atterbury. He has a special interest in railways and spoke about the social aspects  -  how the coming of the railways enabled ordinary people to travel longer distances and so popularised resorts like Weymouth. Dr. Atterbury, who lives in Weymouth, showed a number of slides illustrating the growth of the railway system in Victorian times and then the decline resulting from the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.

“It doesn’t seem like 30 years since we started, but presenting 300 programmes over that time is quite an achievement,” comments Peter. “Our success is thanks to the loyal support of a regular core of local people who stick with us. We have a good atmosphere. I do thank Heather for all her hard work behind the scenes and our small organising team which includes Jim Boudreau and Jeff Mowlam. We are glad that our members have appreciated our varied programmes and there is a feeling of achievement that we have been able to entertain them for over 30 years.”

​Peter and Heather also have railway interests elsewhere - they have been active on the Swanage Railway for many years and Peter has been the stationmaster at Harman's Cross for the last 10 years.

The next meeting is on Friday 24 November at 7.30pm when noted local railway historian Brian Jackson will give an illustrated programme on “160 years of railways in Weymouth.“ Meetings are on the last Friday of every month - except in August and December - at the Colliton Club. Further information from Peter and Heather Foster on 01305 262121.

[Photo by Michel Hooper-Immins]



November Dorchester Area Group Meeting
Posted on 26th October 2017

The November meeting of the Dorchester area group will take place in the Dorset Room of the Colliton Club, Dorchester at 7.30 on the 24th.

The speaker will be Brian Jackson who will be giving an illustrated talk on "160 Years of Railways in Weymouth."

Free current magazine with our latest edition S&D booklet.
Posted on 20th October 2017

We've recently reprinted our great intro. to the S&D, a 48-page A5 booklet full of archive photos and an excellent read.
It's great value at £2.50 but to tempt you further, we'll add a current copy of our quarterly magazine for just the extra post (50p).
This offer is available direct from the magazine Editor, via eBay:



Recent work on ex-Royal Ordnance Factory shunter at Washford
Posted on 19th October 2017

New starter motor being fitted to Andrew Barclay ROF No. 578 locomotive at Washford.

The ex-Royal Ordnance Factory shunter is owned by the West Somerset Railway and is on long-term hire to the Trust, the replacement of the starter motor being part of the agreement.