Welcome to the Somerset & Dorset Railway on the Mendip Hills at Midsomer Norton

A visit to the Somerset & Dorset Railway is a delightful way to step back in time and enjoy railway travel from days gone by. Popular with visitors of all ages, there is nostalgia for some, pure excitement for the youngsters and a fun time for all.

We are open most weekends and our service of trains, often pulled by a vintage steam locomotive, can form the centrepiece of your visit. Our trains run from the Victorian Era station at Midsomer Norton South over one mile of the once mighty Somerset & Dorset mainline railway, where heavy passenger and goods trains battled their way between Bath, Bournemouth and beyond for over 90 years until closure in 1966.

Enjoy refreshments in our beautifully restored 195os buffet car, learn about the amazing story of the Somerset & Dorset railway in our fascinating museum, visit our World War II Pill Box and an Anderson Shelter just like those where many families took shelter each night during those dark times.

Afterwards, explore the station, delight in the lovely gardens cared for by our volunteers and do visit our Victorian Era working signal box.

To complete your visit, drop into our retail shop housed in the station building where you will find giftware for all ages along with a fine range of tempting chocolates, fudges preserves and other delights. The railway enthusiast is not forgotten with many temptations to browse through.

You can be assured of a warm welcome from our enthusiastic volunteers and you will leave with happy memories of a great day out.

"So well presented by the volunteers; nothing was too much trouble. Their enthusiasm was brilliant. Lots to see and the trip on the Wickham trolley the highlight. Recommend a visit."
Dennis H - September 2023
"We took our Grandson here for a ride on the steam train. From the moment we arrived we received a fantastic welcome from Geoff. He helped us park in the yard, secured us a seat in the front carriage and a guided tour . Brilliant"
Michael Guy - October 2021
"Just wanted to let you know we had a cracking time on the Santa Special, thanks to all your hard working volunteers. The children loved the cheeky elves! Well done to all."
Anne & John, Easton, Wells - December 2023