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The S&D Railway and the Trust

The Somerset & Dorset Railway ran from Bath across the Mendips and through Dorset to Bournemouth, with branch lines across the Somerset Levels to Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Wells, explained here. The line’s early days are fondly remembered for its Prussian Blue engines and coaches, and later for the holiday expresses from the north of England to the south coast. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust keeps these and many other memories alive through its extensive museum collection and archives, engines and rolling stock, restoration workshop, events and quarterly magazine.

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 Press Release - Washford 

We have released a new press statement dated 20 March regarding the notice we have received to exit from the Washford site. Click here for the latest statement.


"Am joining the Trust as a new member because I am horrified at the WSR's decision to give notice to quit Washford. Sadly, it is becoming the nasty railway."

"We are not able to volunteer at present, but as shareholders of the West Somerset Railway are appalled at their decision to evict S&DRT from Washford. We are upset by the language of the press statement issued by the WSR" (new members)

"Very concerned as a working WSR volunteer that the trust have been given notice on the Washford site" (new member)

"I'm a WSR volunteer and very disappointed with the way you are being treated by the plc. I really enjoy crewing 88 and really appreciate the contribution you have made to the WSR over the years. Just a small way of showing my support" (new member)

"Just rejoined my membership, not done it in a few years but felt tonight with what the Trust is facing we all need to do our bit to support" (from Facebook)

"If the WSR carry this through, they will be making a huge financial and moral mistake, a lot of support will be lost within the heritage movement"

"WHAT a spiteful way to carry on! ..."

"Just seen the WSR statement that's been released. Disgusting attitude from them"

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The Trust's S&D 7F No. 53808

53808 near Dunster on 28 May 2019.

Latest photos.

53808's Restoration.

The Return to Steam in 1987.

Image © Tim Edmonds,


Welcome to the Trust

The Trust works in partnership with others to keep alive the memory of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and importance as a major cross-country route for the communities through which it passed.

As well as gathering and recording information about the line, through artefacts, archives and oral history, the Trust promotes the spirit of the S&D through its locomotives and rolling stock, still at work today and accessible at our extensive facilities at Washford on the West Somerset Railway.

The Trust arranges events, including an annual Model Railway Exhibition at Edington (near Bridgwater), steam days at Washford and regional meetings. Opening days at Washford are listed on the Visit Us page.

Facebook logo As well as the information available on this site, we also have a regularly-updated Facebook page with over 2000 followers...

...and a wide selection of short videos on Vimeo.and on YouTube.