Bringing home the Goods

We aim to raise £10,000 to overhaul these two mineral wagons together with others to recreate a typical S&D freight train.



The Trust has recently purchased these two ex-British Railways 16-ton mineral wagons from the Swanage Railway for £3,000. Transportation is approximately £750 and it will cost a further £2,500 to refurbish them. Any money raised in excess of these figures will be used to purchase additional wagons for our demonstration freight train. 

These two wagons, when they have been fully restored will form part of the Trust's long term ambition to recreate a demonstration freight train - once so typical of the S&D operations on this part of the line.

Coal traffic was the lifeblood of the S&D.  Many of the collieries operated along the northern section of the line and hundreds of these wagons were used every week to transport coal across the entire Bristol, Bath area and beyond.

The Trust is appealing for donations to assist with the transportation of these two wagons and their subsequent restoration to running order. Both wagons are currently at the Swanage Railway and require replacement flooring, together with a thorough treatment of all the rust prior to painting.

With your help, we will be able to restore these wagons,  along with further examples in the future. Any donations made here will be gratefully received. If you would like to make regular contributions to this appeal, you can complete a monthly standing order  Download a Standing Order Mandate.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to  'Mineral Wagon Appeal', c/o Malcolm Barton, 1 Manor Gardens, Witham Friary, Frome, BA11 5HN

When these mineral wagons have been fully restored they will be operated in our demonstration freight train together with other freight wagons owned by the Trust.

Our intention is to purchase other wagons of this type with the objective of operating a rake of these in a demonstration freight train.  Imagine how good this will look with an iconic  Somerset and Dorset Fowler 7F freight locomotive at its head.


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