Wickham Trolley about to part the Goods' yard at Midsomer Norton 22 09 21
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FROM 13 Apr

Wickham Wednesdays back for 2022 - Trolley Rides on the S&D

13th Apr 2022

Following the very popular introduction of regular Wickham Trolley rides in 2021 we're please to announce that we'll be running a series of Wickham Wednesdays again in 2022. These unique trips are over the full length of our operating line and give passengers a unique view of what has been achieved so far in restoring the S&D towards Chilcompton.

Rides will take place from 10 am and the return trip takes approximately 20 minutes. Each trip starts and finishes in the station yard at Midsomer Norton.

We are still working on ticketing and timetables for our 2022 season but as soon as these are confirmed you'll be able to buy tickets online or on the day at the station so check back regularly.

Please note that the capacity of the Wickham Trolley is restricted to 6 in total per trip so your booking must not exceed this number (adults + children 4-16).

Contact  [email protected]  for more information.

Dates for Wickham Wednesdays back for 2022 - Trolley Rides on the S&D

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13th Apr 2022
20th Apr 2022
1st Jun 2022
27th Jul 2022
3rd Aug 2022
10th Aug 2022
17th Aug 2022
24th Aug 2022
31st Aug 2022
26th Oct 2022
View towards Chilcompton from the Wickham Trolley - 22 09 21
Patrick Stevenson

A unique view of the restored S&D at Midsomer Norton

The ride on the Wickham Trolley provides excellent all-round visibility of the railway and especially the track and signalling that has been installed in the last 20 years or so. Here is the view it affords looking towards the southern end of the current extension and the in-filled cutting on the approach to Chilcompton Tunnel.

Near Completion
Barrie Papworth

Wickham Trolley B40W - historical and technical notes

These vehicles were mainly used for track inspection purposes and the one we have (a Type 27A) was originally supplied by D Wickham & Co Ltd to BR Western Region, Oxford in 1956. It was allocated to various localities, mainly in Wales,  until sold by BR in 1986. There then followed spells at the Narrow Gauge Railway Centre of North Wales, storage at Nuneaton, and then in 2011 to a new private owner in Dorset. Finally moved to Midsomer Norton in 2016 in "kit form" to undergo full restoration which was completed in 2019. Originally powered by a Ford 10hp engine it now uses the engine from a Reliant Robin! These trolleys were no stranger to the S&D and the last railway vehicle to be removed from Evercreech Junction was a Wickham!