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Photos from the Norton Fitzwarren Steam Rally
Posted on 6th August 2018

Here is a selection of photos from the Saturday at the Steam Rally.

Respectively, they show:

- A general view of the platform at Norton Fitzwarren.

- S&D Coach 4, built in 1886 and fully restored by the Trust.

- Our BR 'Fruit D' van, with refreshments being served inside.

- The Trust's sales stand.

- ... and finally, 1219 Caledonia Works - which is usually based at Washford - operating brake van rides.

S&DRT at Norton Fitzwarren Steam Rally, 4-5 August
Posted on 3rd August 2018

The sight of our S&D 7F No. 53808 on the Severn Coast Express - a service for exhibitors - is a reminder that this weekend it's the steam rally at Norton Fitzwarren!

We have Coach 4 - an original S&D First Class carriage built at Highbridge in 1886 - and our BR 'Fruit D' van on the platform at Norton.

Refreshments will be available in the welcome shade of the Fruit D and our sales stand will be nearby with a wide variety of stock, both S&D-related and of more general steam interest. Come & see us!

Summer walk & cycle ride to reveal the history of the Bridgwater branch
Posted on 22nd July 2018

This August, Dave Bown, a local historian and author of books on the S&D's Bridgwater branch line will be leading both a walk and a cycle ride exploring the route of the branch.

On Thursday 16 August, a 3.4 mile evening walk will take place in the Bawdrip and Cossington area, followed on Saturday 18 August by a 13.5 mile cycle ride from Bawdrip all the way to Edington Junction and back.

See more details on this link, together with contact details for the leader: click here.

Trust seeks new Company Secretary
Posted on 22nd July 2018

Could you help us with building on the Trust's achievements for the future?

The Trust is seeking a Company Secretary - this would suit someone with admin. experience; a retired Town Clerk, perhaps.

If this could be you, please call Ian Young, Chairman of S&DRT Ltd., on 01252 878474 to discuss or click here to email.


Trust presents Bath - Midford tablet to mark former S&D driver’s 100th year
Posted on 10th July 2018
Trust awarded £15K in resilience funding
Posted on 20th June 2018

Washford, with Kilmersdon and 1219 in view and the workshops behind.

Today, Wednesday 20 June, we have received the news that our application for £15,000 of resilience funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been successful.

This is fantastic news as this will enable us to employ consultants to improve on the retail and marketing aspects of our operations at Washford, as well as our induction process for new volunteers. More detailed information will follow in due course!

Beer Festival + food at Washford, 8 - 10 June during the WSR Diesel Gala.
Posted on 7th June 2018

The Beer Festival at Washford - part of the WSR's Diesel Gala - got off to a good start on Friday and continues through the weekend.

We've also got pies, pasties, tea and coffee available and many visitors have been looking around Coach 4, our restored 1886 S&D First Class carriage.

Why not drop in? Beer is being served from 12 noon until the evening on Saturday and until around 3pm on Sunday.

Please note that the train is the recommended way to the Festival as car parking and evening buses are limited.

These are the beers, all from breweries in the South-West:

Art Ales - Lemon (4.2), Beat Ales - Rockola (5.3), Black Bear - Strong Ale (5.1), Black Tor - Wheat (4.5), Branscombe - Hells Bells (4.8), Bristol Beer Factory - TBA, Croft Ales - BSA (4.0), Electric Bear - Mosiac (4.8), Fine Tuned - Pitch Perfect (3.8), Gleed Brewery - Bretts Best (4.6), Hatties Brown - Light (4.0), Isle of Avalon - Pompile Porter (4.5), New Bristol - Japan (4.8), Pitchfork - Pitchfork (4.3), Pitchfork - Hop Gun (4.3), Ralphs Ruin - Dark One (TBA), Twisted Oak - Spun Gold (4.5).

Our Annual Special Train on Sunday 8 July is not to be missed!
Posted on 5th June 2018


Don't miss our Annual Special Train on Sunday 8 July! 

It'll be travelling from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead at 11.15 and back at 17.15, stopping at Washford (for our museum) and Dunster (for the village and castle). Due to be hauled by the Trust's S&D 7F, 53808.

Adult fares are just £12 - a real bargain - and you can order an optional lunch for the outward journey and cream tea for the return when you book. See our Special Train page: