We are pleased to report that the presentation given by John Buck on Saturday 26th November about the Somerset & Dorset Railway (Midsomer Norton) was deemed to be a great success.
Held in the clubhouse of the Woking Miniature Railway (Mizens Railway) at Knaphill, the audience learnt how the Somerset & Dorset Railway came into being, how it later merged to become a ‘Joint’ railway, and in later years following Nationalisation in 1948 how diminished passenger and freight traffic caused its closure. But similar to the L&BR, preservationists came together and formed The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust that led to reopening of the station at Midsomer Norton, which is now being extended in stages towards Chilcompton.
John discussing the formation of the ‘Joint’ railway.
The audience listen intently.
John admitted that he had given the same presentation to a number of groups, but ours was the largest audience thus far.
At the end of the meeting we auctioned a small quantity of donated L&BR paintings and prints which acquired us over £100 of funding for our railway.
It is hoped that we can provide a similar presentation to members around this time next year. We already have a presenter lined up, and details will be advised here and in the next Tablet Magazine (distributed to members of the Surrey Support Group) once we have completed a list of our 2017 activities.
Words by Chris Dadson, photos Jan Rawstron.