TheWishlist Pollwill be running from 15 October to 3 November at: www.rmweb.co.uk

This annual Poll provides an easy and enjoyable way for modellers and collectors to indicate to the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run 00 railway models what they would like to see made. 

The 20 categories cover steam, diesel and electric locos; DMUs; EMUs; passenger and non-passenger-carrying coaching stock; freight and departmental stock; standard gauge industrial locos; and London Underground. 

The accompanying Guide to The Poll– about 95,000 words plus 1800 links – is particularly useful if, for example, you don’t know the build dates of the various BR Mk1 catering vehicles, or whether one particular diesel shunter will suit your needs better than others. 

The Poll Team email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Planning is in the final stages for a Volunteers Weekend to be held during the period Saturday 8th– Monday 10thSeptember. The idea behind the event is to attract new volunteers to assist on the railway at Midsomer Norton. The intention is to hold two introductory sessions on both the Saturday and Sunday with a fifth session on the Monday. 

Each of the sessions will last approx. 2.5 hours and consist of an overview and background to the Trusts aims and objectives at Midsomer Norton and an introduction to the many and varied opportunities on offer. There are many roles from assisting in the running and maintenance of the trains, to working in the shop or buffet, gardeners, painters and a whole range of jobs in between.

Each session will include a tour of the museum, station, signal box and facilities at Midsomer Norton, a train ride to the end of the current rail head and a short walk along the trackbed of the current extension.

If you have an interest in railways, or just fancy meeting up with some likeminded people and assisting this major attraction in the local community. Then please contact Stephen Lacey or Brian Litherland for more details.

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The railway now has ambitious plans to expand in a number of key areas as stated in the Strategic Plan & New Projects article. To deliver these projects a project management team has been set up – reporting to the Trust – and this small team will be coordinating and planning the many tasks required to successfully deliver the work.

The railway does currently does have a range of skills and experience in-house, however with the increased demands that the two main projects will put on our volunteer workforce, we are keen to attract both new volunteers and also obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the skills that we have amongst our current volunteers. 

The railway therefore is asking that all working volunteers, together with those members who would like to get involved at this exciting time in the railways growth contact any of the following people below with details of your skills, experience and contact details which will be added to our skills database. 

The Project team are especially interested to hear from people with administrative skills, engineering and mechanical experience, together with various trades. 

Please send your information to Brian or Stephen.

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Trust and Company Directors have been working for a period of time to agree on a number of new projects and update the Strategic Plan with details of these. More information will be announced at the September AGM.  Planning for two major new projects will commence very shortly to provide a new engineering facility for the railway and improved and expanded catering and retail facilities on the Midsomer Norton station site whilst not detracting from the overall appearance.

To manage the two new projects, a project team has been set up to manage and oversee the delivery of these two projects. At this initial planning state, a management consultant will be assisting with the preparation of a planning document. Engineering experts from Mott MacDonald Consultants will be advising on the optimal location for the engineering facility

Where possible internal skills and expertise will be used, however where the required skills are not available in-house, then management consultants and professional experts will be brought in to assist.  In order to identify what skills and expertise are available amongst our volunteers, a skills audit will conducted.

We need 109 or 113lb flat bottomed rail in 60'(or near) lengths to complete our extension and to improve our existing running line, and a number of FB turnouts - B,C or D switches - with or without crossing timbers. We are prepared to pay a reasonable price for these or would welcome information on where these may be found other than on NR property.

Please contact Stephen Lacey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.in the first instance.

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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