To help support the Trust’s conservation and restoration activities, why not join us? It costs from just £14 per year and comes with many benefits, see below. Andy Young, our Membership Secretary, looks forward to welcoming you with a copy of our latest magazine. Memberships last until the end of the calendar year.

When ordering membership, any items you require from our online shop can be included at the same time; there is no need to order them separately.

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Membership benefits

All members receive a copy of our quarterly magazine, the latest edition of which is the spring issue. Despite the situation with Covid-19, the magazine is packed with great reading material and photographic content, including:

– Bridging the River Stour – part 2. Over nine miles, the original Dorset Central Railway crossed the Stour four times. Jonathan Edwards continues his article by looking at Hodmoor Bridge and the River Stour bridge in Blandford.

– Exciting Times! The return of 53808 to steam. Mike Arlett recalls the return to steam of the Trust’s S&D 7F No. 53808 in 1987 after a restoration taking 17 years. This coincides with the re-issue of a Trust book about 53808, originally produced in 1987.

– Solo 9Fs over the Mendips: Ted Goater reaches into his notebooks to describe the performance of the 9Fs on the summer Saturday through services in 1962… with just a few weeks to go before the through traffic was diverted.

– Steam railcars on the S&D. Steve Ehrlicher relates how steam railcars were introduced on the tentacles of the S&D system from the early 1900s.

– S&D stations part 24 – Blandford. This was described by author Robin Atthill as the S&D’s “most impressive station”. As David Grimwood informs us, Blandford saw considerable military traffic and hosted royalty on more than one occasion.

– Visiting the Ashcott Peat Railway. Photographs from a group visit in 1982.

– Jane Riley’s art. Paintings of familiar S&D locations.

– Eight pages of Trust and general S&D news. Including photographic coverage of the move in August of the Trust’s S&D 7F No. 53808 from the West Somerset Railway to the Watercress Line.

– Four-page Trust sales supplement.

44 A4 pages including the sales supplement.