The Somerset & Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton has arranged the hire of class 26 diesel locomotive D5343 from the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. The locomotive will be arriving at Midsomer Norton in March 2020 in readiness for our diesel gala which will be taking place over the weekend of the 7th and 8th March. The locomotive will be on a two month hire to the railway.

This will be the first occasion that a class 26 has ever run on the Somerset and Dorset railway and will be a great attraction to the line.

The railway is planning a number of events with the locomotive including driver experience and other special events - please check the website for further news over the coming weeks.

STOP PRESS - Latest news, we will be offering a number of driver experience days with the class 26 locomotive, the cost of these will be approximately £295 for the day. 

If you are interested in booking a driver experience on this locomotive then please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. Details are still being finalised at this time.


Reminder - places are still available for our double shunter driver experience in November 2019  with the opportunity to drive both the class 03 and 08 diesel shunters on both passenger and freight trains for £250 for a full day experience.


Photo credit:  Henry Thomas.

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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