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Rosie Jacob
Posted on 29th July 2020

Rosie Jacob

29 July 2020.

The Trust has been saddened to learn of the passing of Rosie Jacob on Monday evening, 27 July. Rosie had a long term lung condition which was being managed. However, she then developed pneumonia and was taken into hospital over the weekend. After an improvement, Rosie was discharged but relapsed on her return.

Ian Young writes: "Rosie was a lovely lady who was a stalwart supporter of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust for over twenty years. Her love of heritage railways was also shared with the Mid Hants Railway where she was a fireman and helped out on the dining trains. Rosie was a Trustee and, subsequently, a Director of the S&D Railway Trust where she was involved in volunteering and fundraising. We will miss her serenity combined with her common sense approach. Our thoughts go out to all of her family at this time".

Peter Trenchard said "Rosie had been a 'fireman' on the Mid-Hants. Railway, where she was encouraged and charmed by the late Donald Beale. I think this led to her joining and volunteering to help the Trust, many years ago. She took on the task of supervision and co-ordination of volunteers, and first wrote to me in that capacity.

She embodied the spirit of friendship and co-operation: I can't remember her saying anything derogatory about any of us. She also has helped George Judd with the raffle and kept the 200 club working, until now. She suffered many personal disappointments and tragedies but remained enthusiastic: for the Trust, and as a crew member on SS Shieldhall, where her catering and hospitality skills must have been very valuable.I shall miss her greatly and would like to send my condolences to her family".
Roger Hardingham recalled that "she was very warmly welcomed at the MHR I do know and we were both directors there in the early 2000s. She loved firing on the locos too".
If you would like to add a tribute to Rosie, please visit our Facebook page.
S&DRT/WSR joint statement: 53808 to move to the Mid-Hants. Railway
Posted on 24th July 2020

53808 at Minehead on 6th March 2016.

25 July 2020.

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Ltd. and West Somerset Railway PLC have issued a joint statement regarding the Trust's restored S&D 7F locomotive, No. 53808 - formerly S&D No. 88.

The new agreement will see 53808 move to the Mid-Hants. Railway for the remaining duration of the boiler certificate.

Read the full statement here.

Subsequently, the Mid-Hants. Railway issued the following statement:

New S&D calendar and Ivo Peters Christmas Cards available now
Posted on 25th June 2020

Our 2021 calendar and the latest Christmas Cards featuring a photo by Ivo Peters

Don't miss our very popular S&D calendar - it has a separate page and photo for each month and is still only £5.95, so great value - plus our Christmas Cards featuring a 1954 photo of 53802 on a freight service taken by Ivo Peters, just £5.95 for a pack of ten including matching envelopes.
Don't leave buying them until December as they may well have sold out!
Joint Statement from West Somerset Railway PLC & The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Limited
Posted on 18th June 2020

18 June 2020.

A joint statement has been issued by West Somerset Railway plc and Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Ltd.

Click on this link or on the image to see the statement.

Trust introduces first H C Casserley images to online shop
Posted on 16th June 2020
An example of one of the H C Casserley images now available in our online shop
Henry Cyril Casserley - born in 1903 - became one of Britain's foremost railway photographers, amassing around 60,000 photographs over his lifetime.
We're delighted to be introducing the first images in what we expect will become an extensive Casserley collection with low resolution images available for immediate download. Find out more on this link, or click on the photo.
Trust issues new edition of Southbound with the 'Pines' after 35 years out of print
Posted on 2nd May 2020

Front cover of Southbound with the Pines

The original 1985 edition

The Trust has produced a new edition of Southbound with the 'Pines' 35 years after the publication of the original booklet as part of a series of Trust Blue Books.

Containing a collection of fascinating footplate memories from Donald Beale, the title retains his original and inimitable text accompanied by a mostly new set of photographs - including several taken by Ivo Peters. Even after 35 years, the Trust was still receiving requests for the booklet and pre-owned copies were selling for up to £18 online. It was decided that the time was right for a new edition.

The text from the original edition was scanned and re-set by the Trust's magazine editor and there was considerable input from Brian Macdermott - who compiled the original text in 1985 - as well as from Mike Arlett and Jonathan Edwards.

We were also assisted very considerably by Julian Peters who kindly provided however many of his father's photos we wished to use, without charge.

The booklet is A5-size with 48 pages and laminated card covers. Available from the Trust at £6.95 plus £1.85 p&p.




AGM information updated for our members
Posted on 13th April 2020

13 April 2020.

S&DRT members may like to know that the information in the Members' Area of the website has been updated.

We have included the postponement letter provided by the Chairman and also the final Report & Accounts which were approved at the meeting on 14 March.

Trust has gained 100 new members since July last year
Posted on 27th March 2020

27 March 2020.

The Trust is pleased to announce that since 1 July last year, the number of new members has now reached 100.

The membership levels of the Trust had been in decline for many years so this recent uplift is particularly heartening.

Why not join them? Click here to find out more.