On Saturday 17th March 2018 we shall be running our highly popular Real Ale Trains (RATs). Not only will they be steam hauled, by visiting Jinty 0-6-0 tank 47406, but they will also travel over the newly opened extension towards Chilcompton.
There will be two sessions. The first will start at noon with the first train departing at 1:00 pm. There will be frequent runs up and down the line with the bar closing at 4:00 pm. This will allow passengers to see the line in daylight while enjoying excellent ales and company. The early finish also allows visitors to make use of public transport in the locality.
The second session commences at 6:00 pm with the first train at 7:00pm, again with frequent trips up and down the line before the bar closes at 10:00pm. This evening session will allow passengers to experience views of the countryside and its resident wildlife as the evening transforms into night. It will also be a rare chance to experience the recently restored signal and station lighting which will add to an evening of nostalgic and atmospheric railway travel.
There will be adequate time between trains to stretch your legs on the platform and use the station facilities. The Buffet will be open throughout the day, providing a range of snacks and hot and cold soft drinks. Beer will be served on the train. Our beer selections, featuring local breweries, will be announced on the website nearer the event. Public transport is available via the 172 Bath to Wells bus and the 424 Frome to Midsomer Norton bus which gives access to and from these towns before and after the event: click here for our links.
Admittance is strictly over 18s only, Tickets cost £12 per session and include all train rides, a souvenir glass, your first pint of beer and a programme containing tasting notes. More beer will be available at £1.50 per half pint. Tickets will be available from the station in Silver Street on Sundays and Mondays from 1:00 pm, from the Redan Inn at Chilcompton and also from this website. Numbers are limited so make sure you don’t miss out.
A short heritage railway run by volunteers in the foothills of the Mendips in North Somerset. There is also a gift and bookshop, museum, buffet coach, wartime pillbox museum, signalbox and much more to see.
General view of station area, 2017.
View from the Up platform looking southwards, summer 2012.
'Jinty' 47496 with freight, 2005
The trust are so close to extending the current running line to the base of the infill, but more funds are required! Any donations will be gratefully received - you can help bring back another section of this iconic line! Donations can be sent to the station, or online here.
Our collections are housed in a building which started life as a stable for horses which were used for shunting and working the carts and dreys that transported goods to and from the station. Following the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway in 1966, the stable block fell into disuse and when The Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust took it over, it was derelict and with no roof. Thanks to the perseverance of volunteers and favourable publicity from the local press a grant was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund plus local councils.
The museum has its own website which you can visit here.
Issue 50, Autumn 2017, features:
Chilcompton-bound: longer-term strategy
Track bash accelerates extension
Three-coach maroon set imminent
The S&D’s Dorset halts – dying days
Southern S&D pubs
S&D mapping – through West Pennard
All the usual news, project reports, comments, updates, reviews, etc.
Free to all members and on sale now at the railway shop, £3.95.
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
01761 411 221
Phones are manned when the shop is open.