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Our current magazine

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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Latest Press Statement

A joint statement from the WSR plc and S&DRT Ltd. issued on 25 July is available on this link.


Four new members in the week commencing 3 August. 117 new members so far this year.

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Latest news

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  • Washford Museum will be open on 29-30/8 from 11-4 for Members & friends of SDRT. Covid-19 restrctions apply so track & trace in use and face masks must be worn.  Note - Washford Inn is giving attendees 10% off meals.

  • Online Sales still open: Two new Ivo Peters' DVDs now available plus greatly enlarged Second Hand Book section.  Click on "Sales" at the top of this page or this link.

  • Rosie Jacob. Click here for more details.

  • S&DRT/WSR joint statement: 53808 to move to the Mid-Hants. Railway. Click here for more details.

  • New S&D calendar and Ivo Peters Christmas Cards available now. Click here for more details.

  • Joint Statement from West Somerset Railway PLC & The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Limited. Click here for more details.

  • Donations of S&D-related artefacts are welcomed, subject to our collections policy.

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, http://www.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/snap.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2019/05/248



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.