Driver Experience Days - Shunter Special.  A unique opportunity to drive both class 03 and 08 diesel locomotives on passenger and freight trains on this part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway.
We still have a small number of places available for the full day driver experience events at Midsomer Norton on the following November dates. The website will be updated shortly allowing you to book on line.
November Dates
Friday 1st November
Wednesday 6th November
Friday 8th November
Friday 15th November
Wednesday 20th November
Friday 22nd November
Participants will have the unique opportunity to prepare and drive both our resident class 08 diesel locomotive D4095 and our guest class 03 Diesel locomotive D2128 on both a three coach passenger train and a demonstration freight train during the course of the day on this original one-mile section of the Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton.
The cost of the full day course is approximately £250 including lunch, souvenirs and a tour of the site. Drivers can bring a maximum of two guests at no additional cost - lunch extra for guests. Passengers will be able to ride in either the passenger coaches or the goods brake vans when the freight train is being operated during the course of the day.
Each day the number of places will be limited to four, with candidates getting an opportunity to drive and be secondman on both locomotives on both passenger and freight trains, including shunting and preparation of the locomotives.
Places are limited and can be booked by a  bank transfer to Sort Code 08-92-99, Account code 65490192 , specifying DE and the date for reference purposes e.g   DE 4th
The day will start at approx 0900 with a welcome breakfast, followed by a safety briefing.
You will then assist in the preparation of the locomotives followed by taking turns to drive and be secondman on both locomotives hauling our three passenger coaches up and down the line. Guests can travel in the passenger coaches.
Following lunch, a visit to the signalbox and then assist in shunting and preparing the freight train.
The day will end with a presentation to all candidates of a souvenir certificate
Our Diesel Experience courses are designed for moderately fit men or women aged 18 years or over. You will experience aspects of our railway's operations normally unseen by our passengers. During the day you will learn about the diesel locomotive shunters that you will be operating and how to drive them safely in service.
If you require any further information please email

Booking dates for Fridays in November 2019

Friday 1st

Friday 8th

Friday 15th

Friday 22nd

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Booking dates for Wednesdays in November 2019

Wednesday 6th

Wednesday 20th

4 In Stock

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Opening Times

Sundays 10.00 to 16.00 for viewing, museum, wartime pillbox, buffet coach, gift shop and second-hand bookshop. 
Mondays, but for viewing only, rather than full facilities, shop and museum open from 13.00 to 16.00. Buffet coach open from 10:00 until 15:00.


Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
Silver Street
Midsomer Norton

01761 411 221
Phones are manned when the shop is open.

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