The S&DRT photo collection

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust's photographic archive contains over 3000 S&D images. These are steadily being scanned and those for which we hold all rights are being added to our online shop.

We now have 787 S&D images online and for all of these, you can purchase a low resolution image for immediate download, or enquire about higher resolutions which are supplied by email. Images can be browsed by location, or use the site search at the top right of the screen where any relevant data can be inserted, eg, date (DD-MM-YY), locomotive number, etc. This produces a drop-down shortlist of images - click on the magnifier symbol in the search box to see the full advanced search results.

Many areas are covered in depth; there are 57 images from Evercreech Junction, covering all aspects of operations there and over 70 images taken at Evercreech New with a special emphasis on double-headers!

S&D images included are mostly from two main collections; the John Woods collection (colour) and the David Milton collection (black & white). We have recently added around 40 black & white images from the John Richardson collection and 600 colour images by David Milton (a former Trust Chairman) are in the process of being scanned with several dozen added already. In addition, we have over 100 purely Southern images from the Richardson collection which will be added in their own category in due course. During summer 2020 we added 29 images by H C Casserley.

Photo collection news: A new online shop is under construction which should be operational during February 2021. In addition, during 2021, we will look into orphan works licensing to enable us to start adding the many images we have which are of unknown copyright.

Images: 800-pixel wide JPEG images are available for immediate download upon completion of the ordering process - click on 'My Account' to access them. Should you be interested in greater detail, please see the high resolution photo enquiries page via which we can supply you with higher resolution images for personal use. Commercial enquires are welcomed.

Pricing: 800-pixel wide images (immediate download) are £1.50 generally, but are £2.50 for H C Casserley images. 3000-pixel wide images (on request) are £6 and full-resolution (on request, where available) are £10 - this excludes the Casserley collection for which an enquiry should be made.

20% off for Trust members: If you have an account in our online shop, the prices shown in the photographic and audio collections will fall by 20% when you are logged in. If you are a new member who joined online, your discount will normally be added within a few days. If you joined recently by mail or you have just set up an account, please contact us; email address below.

Enquiries: Please contact us via editor[@] - remove the square brackets before sending; these deter automated emails.

  • Henry Cyril Casserley - born in 1903 - became one of Britain's foremost railway photographers, amassing around 60,000 photographs over his lifetime. He started with a basic camera in 1919 which was soon replaced by a quarter-plate reflex... more info
  • Norton Hill Colliery connected to the S&D main line just outside Midsomer Norton South station. Reliant on exploiting thin seams of coal and reportedly uneconomical, the colliery closed in 1966 along with the railway that served it.
  • More photos of the MRTS  Hants. & Dorset Branch Flyer in the Corfe Mullen Junction section.
  • More photos of the MRTS  Hants. & Dorset Branch Flyer  in the Spetisbury section.
  • This category collects together images from the closure weekend railtours. All of these images are also listed in their respective locations.  
  • Why not get a more detailed view of an S&D subject of interest with a higher-resolution image? To obtain either 3000-pixel wide (available universally) or full resolution images (available on most images other than the John Woods colour... more info