The Somerset & Dorset Railway

Somerset & Dorset Railway

An overall view of the Station site

An overall view of MSN Station site

The Somerset & Dorset Railway is located in Midsomer Norton.

Regular passenger trains started running at the site in October of 2010. I highly recommend a visit to the site as there a lot going on there at the moment!
The best time to visit would be on a Sunday or Monday.
Recently completed is a 1/4 mile extension towards Chillcompton as well as an Engineering Siding.

The line has two locomotives, a Vertical Boiler’d 0-4-0 Sentinel similar to the type used for shunting at Radstock and an English Electric 0-6-0 Diesel shunter named David. J Cook.

The line has it’s own workshop facility’s housed in the old Goods Shed, upon visiting the site, you are likely to see lots of Rolling stock in certain stages of Restoration, as-well as recently restored vehicles!

FUTURE PLANS

Well, of course the line is still being rebuilt, which means there is still a good lot of work on nearly 2 miles of track! A new 1/4 mile extention is now being built and a Huddswell Clarke 0-6-0T is being restored at Henstridge Airfield. It is hoped that it will be running regularly in 2011!

Website: http://www.sdjr.co.uk/

Operating days: Regular Train services are set to recommence from Easter.

Events:

  • Volunteers Weekend: April 28th & 29th
  • Take a Teddy: May 26th & 27th
  • Midsummer at Midsomer: June 23rd & 24th
  • Heritage Open days: September 8th & 9th
  • Railways & Radios/1940s?: Sept 22nd & 23rd
  • Santa at the Station: Dec 15th & 16th

Other operating dates:

  • May 6th & 13th
  • June 3rd, 10th & 17th
  • July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th & 27th
  • September 2nd, 16th & 30th
  • December 22nd

Line Length: 1/2 a mile.

Operational Locomotives:

  • Sentinel 0-4-0 vertical boilered steam loco (Not in service, under restoration)
  • English electric 0-6-0DH No.D1120 David. J Cook
  • 2 car class 108 DMU
  • BR Class 08 0-6-0DE No.D4095

Midsomer Norton Station track plan:

Midsomer Norton station Track plan (Click to enlarge!!!)

Midsomer Norton station Track plan (Click to enlarge!!!)

  1. Car Park
  2. Station Building
  3. Toilets
  4. Signal Box
  5. View points
  6. Museum
  7. Open wagon outside Museum
  8. Goods platform outside seating area for Buffet
  9. Buffet Car
  10. Locomotive shed
  11. Box wagon next to Platform 1
  12. Pill-Box (WWII Museum)
  13. Garden areas

GALLERY

Video Area:

Here is a video taken at the 2011 Midsummer at Midsomer event!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MNJnkKtGWM

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