Wickham Trolley rides at Midsomer Norton South station
Chris Ruddick
FROM 03 Apr

Wickham Trolley Rides

3rd Apr 2024

We are pleased to confirm that we'll be running our ever popular series of Wickham Wednesdays in 2024. 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 10:30 am and the return trip takes approximately 20 minutes. Each trip starts and finishes in the station at Midsomer Norton. There are 2 ticket options - £5.00 for adults; £2.50 for children aged 4-16. Children aged 3 or under travel free.

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). Please also note that due to its size and restricted access there is no wheelchair access to the Wickham Trolley.

 

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Dates for Wickham Trolley Rides

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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!