Operating and extending a heritage railway is an expensive business and the S&DRHT relies heavily on donations and grants for our income. There are many projects at Midsomer Norton which without generous donations would not be able to progress. 

We are currently looking at extending our running line and have plans to build a servicing and maintenance facility, which will allow locomotives and rolling stock to be maintained undercover.

Your donations will be gratefully received and will help rebuild a section of the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway and bring steam back to a much lamented mainline railway.


Gift Aid

Please consider completing a Gift Aid Declaration form, which will boost your donation by an extra 25%. The form can be downloaded below, and only requires to be completed once.


There are a number of ways to donate:

Monthly Donations

These can be made by using the Standing Order Mandate, please download the form below and follow the instructions provided. 

Individual Donations

Can be made using the PayPal button below. You don’t need a Paypal account to make a donation this way, you can simply use your Debit or Credit Card. Please remember to complete the Gift Aid form for these donations. 

Hire Fund

Introducing the HIRE Fund.

2016 saw two visiting locomotives at Midsomer Norton Station - the LMS 0-6-0T from Loughborough and the BR 2-6-4T from Llangollen. Both visits were a great success and helped to raise our profile in both the local and the national public’s eye.

Indeed, our efforts that year were to be amply rewarded by winning the Steam Railway Award, jointly with the West Somerset Railway, for our 50th anniversary commemorations of the passing of the Somerset & Dorset Railway.

All that glory and fun, however, did not result in a massive increase in our income, as the costs to transport the two locomotives made quite a dent in our takings.

For much of the year, our delightful resident Sentinel keeps us busy and the visitors happy.

Nevertheless, we are sure you will agree that we should continue to explore future opportunities for other locomotives to visit us.

Therefore, to offset the costs of transporting visiting locomotives, we would like to ask for donations specific to this purpose – a HIRE fund (Help Incoming Rented Engines).

We estimate it will cost an average of £4000 per loco and every little helps. 

We already have a list of locos to choose from – all we need is for you to oil the wheels with a donation.

The funds would be held by the Company, as they carry the costs. Your contribution would therefore not be eligible for Gift Aid.

If you are interested, please send monies made payable to the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway Company at the Station address, in an envelope marked HIRE Fund. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please ask the Company Treasurer, Patrick Stevenson for our bank details. You can contact him by e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thank you for your support.

Collect Used Stamps for the Trust

We can turn your old stamps into S&D restoration! Just send any stamps you have - clippings from mail, packets, old collections, to us and we can make good money from them. Coins and banknotes also welcome.

Simply place them in an envelope and address to SDRHT Stamp Appeal, Midsomer Norton Station, Silver Street, Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY. If possible, please try to use commemorative stamps on the envelope as these all go into the mix. All stamps are welcome, please cut them carefully from the envelope leaving about 1/4" all round. No need to sort them into types as they'll all be mixed together anyway. These are then sold on directly to collectors.

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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