… and how to donate items of S&D interest!

The spirit of the Somerset and Dorset Railway lived on for many years through our museum at Washford. Our displays helped to tell the story of the rise and fall of the railway and its closure in 1966. These exhibits are now moving to new locations with the advantage of them being more easily accessible and to many more people than previously.

We will update this section in due course with the progress on establishment of a new museum.

How to find our archives

The Trust has over 3000 photographs and these are steadily being scanned. Many are now being made available to download in our online shop – see the photo collection page.

The Trust’s extensive archive of over 3,000 reference books, documents, drawings and plans are housed at the Somerset Heritage Centre at Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton and can be searched via their on line catalogue. This wealth of information is available to all with an interest in any aspect of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, including family historians.

The Heritage Centre’s collection reference is A\CWO but the Trust’s accession numbers have also been retained so the catalogue can be searched by either reference. If using the Trust’s accession numbers these should be entered in the ‘AnyText’ search option. The material deposited includes archive items (Trust accession number A series), drawings (D numbers), bridge reports (F numbers), press articles (N numbers) and tickets (T numbers). Over the coming year, the full collection will be catalogued electronically in line with recommended musuem practice.

The collection is fully accessible at the Heritage Centre but members are recommended to make an appointment before visiting. If viewing plans the map table should also be booked.

Somerset Heritage Centre’s opening hours are:

  • Mondays 1pm – 5pm
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 9am – 5pm
  • Saturdays 9am – 1pm

The Heritage Centre is in Brunel Way, Langford Mead, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA2 6SF. Telephone 01823 278805 (enquiries) or 01823 337600 (appointments). Email: somersetarchives@swheritage.org.uk

During October 2011, the Trust returned to the Bath Record Office, after many years on loan, 67 drawings and plans of Bath Green Park station and environs dating from 1869 to 1934. These now have the Record Office’s accession number 925. The Bath Record Office is located at Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW

Telephone 01225 477421
E-mail: archives@bathnes.gov.uk
Web address: www.batharchives.co.uk

S&D related material is also held at the Dorset History Centre


The Trust continues to collect items related to the S&D Railway and welcomes donations of relevant material, subject to the material meeting the Trust’s collections policy. Please contact us via info[@]sdrt.org (please remove the square brackets before sending; these deter automated emails) if you wish to offer an item or wish to know more about our collections.