Our current magazine

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Our current magazine is the autumn issue – read about it on the membership page, or click on the image.

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We’re offering new applicants membership until the end of 2024 for just a couple of pounds more than our annual rate.

In that time, you’ll receive seven magazines full of great reading and photos. That’s excellent value – join now!

53808’s Special Train on 22 July – photos

Click here or on the picture above for a comprehensive set of photos of the occasion.



Originally established in 1966, the Trust keeps alive the memory of this most distinctive of cross-country railways with its wide variety of artefacts including locomotives, carriages and museum exhibits backed by restoration work, events and our quarterly magazine.

Please note that the Somerset & Dorset Railway HERITAGE Trust is an unconnected organisation, albeit one that we work closely with. Their website can be found here.

Membership renewals here

Washford S&DRT site and shop closed permanently

Owing to the Notice to Quit served on us by the West Somerset Railway, please note that the Washford site as occupied by the S&DRT is now closed and much of the rolling stock has now left the site. The shop no longer exists. Please see our online sales for all that the Washford shop used to stock, and more, and this page on how to see our artefacts from now on.

The S&DRT blog

An in-depth look at the work of the Trust. See the latest posting ‘Re-examining Wells Branch Brake Van No.9 – the last surviving S&D goods vehicle‘.


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Latest Press Releases

16 March 2023.

Announcement of loan agreement between S&DRT and NDR.

See all press releases.


Latest News

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust on Facebook.

  • Online Sales: Click on “Sales” at the top of this page or this link.
  • Donations of S&D-related artefacts are welcomed, subject to our collections policy.

The Trust’s S&D 7F No. 53808

53808 at Ropley stationLatest photos.

A brief history of the S&D 7Fs.

How the S&D 7Fs came into being.

53808’s Restoration.

The Return to Steam in 1987.

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. Read more about the route of the S&D. The line’s early days are remembered for its distinctive Prussian Blue engines and coaches, and later for the holiday expresses from the north of England to the south coast. Read more about how the Trust came into being.

News & Events

Keep up to date with the latest news about our heritage railway steam engines, coaches and museum artefacts.

Online Sales

An extensive range of Books, DVDs and other items related to the S&D can be ordered online here . You can buy Membership online and also download images from the Trust’s photographic collection as well as audio files including Ivo Peters, Donald Beale and others.

Visit Us

Find out where to view our exhibits and see our stock list here. Our locomotives and many other vehicles are now located at the Watercress Line in Hampshire, other exhibits are at Midsomer Norton and Shillingstone on the S&D route itself, plus at other locations.


Our members receive a variety of benefits including our quarterly magazine. Many also volunteer to keep steam railway memories alive by repairing and restoring rolling stock, researching and writing articles and arranging events. Your contribution is welcomed – you can join online here.

Photos, Videos & Edington Exhibiton

Information about the extensive photo collection of our favourite steam railway can be found here, we also now have several videos. Find out more about our annual model railway exhibition here.

Archives & Collections

As well as the museum, the Trust cares for extensive material and items covering all aspects of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, available for viewing and research. Check how to find and access this material here.

Welcome to the Trust

The Trust works in partnership with others to keep alive the memory of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and its 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 distinctive locomotives and rolling stock, still at work today.

The Trust arranges events including an annual Model Railway Exhibition at Edington (near Bridgwater).

As well as the information available on this site, we also have a regularly-updated Facebook page Facebook with over 3000 followers and a wide selection of short videos on Vimeo Vimeoand on YouTube. Trust videos now available on YouTube

[Page header photo by Bob Curtis.]