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.

Suspension of Public Services

Suspension of all Public Services                                                                                                                                                                                Updated 26th March 2020.

All public services have been stopped and there is no public access to any of the site. 

 This is going to be a challenging time for all heritage railways as we rely on footfall to keep us running. Your understanding, patience, and co-operation is appreciated and we thank you all in advance for your ongoing support.

 

Guidelines for Working Volunteers

The station site is now closed to all working volunteers.

The site is under constant CCTV surveillance and local observers are conducting regular site checks. 

 

 

 

Thank you.

Please note that the Company has now taken the decision to suspend all passenger trains and operating days until further notice.

 

 

Like many other businesses, the Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway is monitoring the situation and following government guidelines. 

As everyone's health and welfare is our priority, we will take all necessary precautions to ensure this.

We have asked that all our all staff and volunteers follow this advice:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin immediately
• Wash your hands often with soap and water
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when your hands are not clean

Visitors if you are planning on visiting from an area that has been directly affected by the coronavirus and you are showing symptoms similar to those associated with the virus (fever, cough, breathlessness), it is best that you do not visit until you have contacted your local health authority or doctor for further advice and instruction.

We will continue to monitor the situation and government advice and will issue further updates if the situation changes.

The latest government information on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website.

Given that the advice from the health authorities - for the moment has not changed - we are operating as normal for the time being

We will advise you further should this position change.

‘Outstanding’ say South West in Bloom about Midsomer Norton Station

Members of the Gardens team met at the station on Monday March 2nd and were presented with their certificate from the South West in Bloom ‘Outstanding’ certificate in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ class.

 

 

‘Outstanding’ is awarded to groups who have achieved a level 5 which is the highest level in the ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ event.

The ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ is a development of the Neighbourhood awards scheme and is not competitive but is designed to give support and recognition to community action groups across the South West. Although the plants on display are a large part of the award other factors are equally important. The Judges are looking for community participation and environmental responsibility and recognised that Midsomer Norton Station has shown high levels of all three.

In 2019 the ‘In Bloom’ judge Denise James visited and was able to observe the result of work done not only by the gardens team but also students from the Fosse Way School and a group of volunteers from Sainsbury’s who were celebrating 150 years by doing some local community work. Trustee with the responsibility for grounds and gardens, Gail Coleshill, took the judge not only around the site by the station buildings but also up the line in the Wickham Trolley so that she could see the environmental improvements and wildflowers lineside as a result of judicious clearing by the track work volunteers.

The official awards day took place towards the end of last year in Newquay but as there were too many volunteers from Midsomer Norton Station to make the trip it was decided to hold a small presentation in the spring.

Trustee Gail Coleshill said, “Although we have entered the Its Your Neighbourhood class before we have never achieved Outstanding before and I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work from the team. There is no doubt that the station looked its best not only with all the flowering borders around the station but also the wildflowers up the line.

We would also like to pay tribute to Denise James who has been a great help and support over the years and we were very sad to hear of her death last autumn.

Fosseway School took over the Dig for Victory bed near the Pillbox and planted it with flowers and vegetables are grown from seed at the school. Sainsbury’s volunteers continued making the front road border by clearing the weeds, filling the ditch with home grown compost and planting shrubs and perennials.

Trustee John Baxter will be presenting the certificate and a cake to celebrate the ‘Outstanding’ work of the volunteer gardens team at Midsomer Norton Station.

The Station volunteers would welcome more volunteers for the gardens team.

WAGON APPEAL!

The Trust are pleased to announce the purchase of two BR 16Ton Mineral Wagons. These wagons, once restored, will kick start our plans to recreate a demonstration coal train. 

Coal traffic was the lifeblood of the S&D, with the many collieries along the northern section of the line, seeing hundreds of these wagons every week.

The Trust is appealing for donations towards to the transportation and restoration of these iconic vehicles. Both currently reside at the Swanage Railway and will require replacement flooring and a good rub down prior to painting. 

Any donation will be great fully received, and will help the once common sight of coal wagons return to the S&D! 

Donations can be made via our website, or in person at the station! Remember to fill in a Gift Aid Form to make your donation go even further! 

 

https://www.sdjr.co.uk/fundraising

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.

Contact

Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
Silver Street
Midsomer Norton
BA3 2EY

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

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