Progressing our Future

Following on from safeguarding, the Trust is now making the arrangements to ensure that it continues to flourish and progress in the future.

The move of No. 53808 to the Watercress Line was the first stage in this process and has been followed by a further announcement on part of the museum collection. Moving from Washford will be very costly and donations are earnestly sought.

Find out how you can help here. Current total £19,336.

Our current magazine

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,

Featured DVD

The Somerset & Dorset 7Fs

With the Trust's S&D 7F No. 53808 having started in active service on the Watercress Line on Friday 16 October, we are highlighting this updated DVD which tells the story of this special class of locomotive right through to 53808's departure from Minehead in August 2020.

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Latest Press Statement

A joint statement from the Mid-Hants. Railway Ltd., the Mid-Hants. Railway Preservation Society Ltd. and S&DRT Ltd.  is available on this link.

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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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.