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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, explained here. The line’s early days are fondly remembered for its Prussian Blue engines and coaches, and later for the holiday expresses from the north of England to the south coast. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust keeps these and many other memories alive through its extensive museum collection and archives, engines and rolling stock, restoration workshop, events and quarterly magazine.

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The Trust's S&D 7F No. 53808

53808 near Dunster on 28 May 2019.

Latest photos.

53808's Restoration.

The Return to Steam in 1987.

Image © Tim Edmonds, http://www.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/snap.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2019/05/248

Latest news

 Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust on Facebook.

  • Museum opening dates: The shop and museum with be open on October 1-6, 8-10, 12-13, 15-17, 19-20, 22-24, 26-31 and Nov 2 between the hours of 11-4. Don't forget our online sales section which is always open.

  • Annual wishlist poll enables modellers & collectors to vote for the models they would like to be able to buy Click here for more details.

  • Find a bargain in the second-hand S&D books section now in our online shop Click here for more details.

  • Donated shunter will enable easier movements on the Washford site Click here for more details.

  • S&DRT Dorchester Group programme published Click here for more details.

  • Donations of S&D-related artefacts are welcomed, subject to our collections policy.


Welcome to the Trust

The Trust works in partnership with others to keep alive the memory of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and 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 locomotives and rolling stock, still at work today and accessible at our extensive facilities at Washford on the West Somerset Railway.

The Trust arranges events, including an annual Model Railway Exhibition at Edington (near Bridgwater), steam days at Washford and regional meetings. Opening days at Washford are listed on the Visit Us page.

Facebook logo As well as the information available on this site, we also have a regularly-updated Facebook page with over 2000 followers...

...and a wide selection of short videos on Vimeo.