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 complimentary copy of our latest magazine whilst your membership application is being progressed. Memberships taken out now last until the end of 2022.
When ordering membership, any other 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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All members receive a copy of our quarterly magazine, the latest edition of which is the autumn issue. The magazine is packed with great reading material and photographic content, including:
– Are the S&D 7Fs worthy of the adulation they receive? Bob Curtis poses the question while providing a detailed contrast of the S&D 7Fs with other Midland and LMS classes. The first half of a two-part article.
– Level crossing bridge proposals. In the 1920s, plans were drawn up to replace the two level crossings at Corfe Mullen – one on the busy A31 – with overbridges. However, the plans were not progressed as Jonathan Edwards relates.
– S&D stations – Shapwick. In part 26 of his stations series, David Grimwood notes that quiet Shapwick was an ideal place for lunch.
– Finding Bridge No. 161. Having taken many photos from S&D trains in the early ’60s, Jack Bath describes how he found the present-day location of one of those photos.
– Ballast Brake Van at Templecombe. Ballast brake vans provided superior accommodation for the track workers when travelling on ballast trains. Having spotted one in a photo in a previous magazine, Jem Harrison tells us how the building of two such vans came to be approved in 1904.
– 9F operation beyond Bath. Whilst the use of the Class 9F locomotives on the S&D is well known, less is known about their use beyond Bath and up to Mangotsfield. Alan Hireson fills in the information.
– Feedback & information requests. The Wimborne article in the last issue | S&D platform tickets | Single-chimney 9Fs | DMU excursion via the S&D.
– Nine pages of Trust and general S&D news.
– Centre-spread photo. Pulling out the sales supplement reveals an archive photo printed across the centre pages; in this case, a detailed view of Midsomer Norton South station in 1962.
– Four-page pull-out sales supplement.
44 A4 pages including the sales supplement.
– Our magazine, Pines Express, four times a year. A wide variety of articles is complemented by photographs from the Trust’s extensive archive.
– Access to pdf copies of every Bulletin/Pines Express ever published, with a search facility that looks through the text of all 302 issues!
– The Trust’s Annual Special Train; with extra low fares and hauled by the Trust’s restored S&D 7F, 53808.
– Online & Postal Sales.
– Participation in events and restoration work (see the volunteering page).