Join us now from £17 for membership lasting until the end of this year and receiving four magazines in total, starting with the spring and summer issues.

To help support the Trust’s conservation and restoration activities, why not join us? It costs from just £17 per year and we look forward to welcoming you with a copy of our latest magazines.

If you wish to join us now, we offer you membership until the end of this year. We’ll welcome you with both the spring and summer magazines and you’ll receive the other two quarterly issues during this year.

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Membership benefits

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All members receive a copy of our quarterly magazine, the latest edition of which is the summer issue. There’s plenty of great reading material and photographic content, including:

– Cleethorpes to Exmouth via the S&D (part 2). Bob Curtis recalls how this long-distance service developed in order to open access between the east coast, through Birmingham, to the south coast and how it was run over the S&D. In part 2, Bob looks in detail at the running of the service over the S&D.

– Revisiting the Lydden Bridge. Following on from the archive photos in the last issue of this rarely-seen location between Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge, Peter Russell describes a visit he made in 2011.

– S&D stations – Broadstone. A ‘significant meeting point’ is how this station is described in David Grimwood’s article, recalling its role as a 4-way junction. By the 1960s, it was a fairly quiet backwater but could still provide interest for photographers. Part 37 of the stations series.

– The summer of ’69 – walking the S&D (part 6). In this final part, Steve recalls visiting Sturminster Newton and Blandford… where the goods yard was now in use as a car park.

– The ‘Redan Curve’ and the Chilcompton Tunnel cutting. Our friends at Midsomer Norton have recently purchased 750 yards of trackbed so we sent a drone up to take a look and contrasted the line with archive photos from our G A Richardson collection.

– Give a thought for the cleaners. Dave Bown presents a short article based on the life of John Rice, who was brought up in an S&D crossing keeper’s cottage.

– S&D Locations – Blandford. Kevin Mitchell drops in on the site of Blandford station and finds that there are several traces of the former railway if you look closely.

– Locomotives & Railways. The last instalment of a series of articles about the S&D and its locomotives originally published in 1900-1902.

– Centre-spread photo. A very fine G A Richardson photo of 4F No. 44560 hauling the morning Evercreech Junction to Poole goods, having just pulled away from Blandford station.

– Trust and general S&D news.

– Four-page pull-out sales supplement.

44 A4 pages including the sales supplement.