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.

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Membership benefits

PE 305

All members receive a copy of our quarterly magazine, the latest edition of which is the summer issue. The magazine is packed with great reading material and photographic content, including:

– Dynamometer car trial between S&D 7F 2-8-0s & a Fowler 7F 0-8-0. By 1930, the Fowler-designed LMS 7F 0-8-0s were proving unreliable, contrasted to the older-design S&D 7F 2-8-0s. At this time, dynamometer car tests were arranged between the 0-8-0 and the S&D 7Fs and 4Fs – Bob Curtis provides the details. The tests included No. 9678; a previous number of the Trust’s engine, No. 53808.

– A cuckoo in the nest! Prompted by a chance sighting of a previously-unpublished photo in one of Ivo Peters’ albums, Mike Arlett questions whether it has really taken more than 60 years to reveal an unrecorded DMU excursion over the S&D. The date was 5 June 1960 and the DMU was travelling from Cheltenham to Bournemouth.

– More on doubling the Corfe Mullen cut-off. Following on from Jonathan Edwards’ article in PE 304, former local resident Peter Russell looks further at the abandoned doubling proposals, including the legislative background and operational issues.

– S&D stations part 29 – Midford. Although a minor stop on the S&D, David Grimwood records that Midford was rather accident-prone with steep gradients either side of the station and being situated on a ledge, landslips were another risk.

– S&D 7Fs off the beaten track. Gerry Nichols presents a trio of photos dating from 1919 and 1930 showing S&D 7Fs at work in other parts of the country, away from the S&D.

– Trust and general S&D news.

– Centre-spread photo. Pulling out the sales supplement reveals an excellent archive photo printed across the centre pages; in this issue, we see BR Standard Class 5 No. 73049 piloting S&D 7F No. 53809 on a passenger service just past Masbury summit on a fine summer day in August 1962.

– Four-page pull-out sales supplement.

44 A4 pages including the sales supplement.