Welcome to the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust

We are a charitable trust of over 1000 members based at Midsomer Norton, located part-way up the 1 in 50 gradient from Radstock to the highest point of the old Somerset & Dorset railway at Masbury.

Our headquarters is the old station building, which also houses our gift shop, second-hand bookshop and ticket office. We have approximately one mile of railway, which currently takes the railway up to the infilled cutting prior to Chilcompton tunnel. 

At Midsomer Norton you will find the restored station buildings, signal box, goods shed and also two museums: one in the original Victorian Stable Block and the other in our WWII Pill Box (a candidate for the smallest museum in Britain). We have two diesel locomotives, a fully restored Sentinel 0-4-0 vertical-boiler steam locomotive, plus freight and passenger rolling stock and a static buffet coach open for refreshments. Visit the station gift shop and the second-hand bookshop while you are there and enjoy the atmosphere and exhibits on this once-proud and much-loved holiday route.

"This is a small heritage railway that captures the essence of a traditional railway in a nutshell"
Graham R - September 2019
"An expanding heritage railway with good attractions and friendly staff"
ShirlTurner6024 - March 2017
"There's so much to do, a ride on old steam train, a museum and a coffee on a carriage."
Simon de Beer - July 2021