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Surrey Group Future Events: November 2016 UPDATE

This year we are introducing an autumn event into our annual schedule to which all L&BR Trust members are invited to attend......

This year is to be a presentation on the Somerset & Dorset Railway (Midsomer Norton) provided by John Buck.

If one was to analyse railway enthusiasts main area of interest I suspect there is a far higher number/per length of line for the ‘Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway’ than for any other railway line in the UK. For the railway observer this was an ideal location to watch the passing parade of train services. As many of the south bound passenger trains were double-headed and freight services had a banking engine on the rear to assist the trains up the 1:50 gradient.

A magical location unfortunately ended some 60 years ago when the line closed in March 1966. Not all is lost, however, as the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust took over the Midsomer Norton station site in 1995. They have restored the station area and a section of track running southwards. Our guest speaker this afternoon will cover this in some detail explaining what has been accomplished so far and their aims for the future.

John Buck is a former Chairman and Trustee of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust and has considerable knowledge and experience with the S&D, so this will be a meeting not to be missed.

The venue will be the Clubhouse of the:

Woking Miniature Railway (Mizens Railway)
Barrs Lane
GU21 2JW

The date: Saturday 26th November
commencing at 2:00 pm  (but please try to arrive before then).

Free admission, ample off-road parking and tea/coffee will be available.

Everyone is invited to attend – the meeting is open to everyone.

Posted by Chris Dadson


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