Midsomer Norton South Station

Midsomer Norton South Station

Photo by Stephen Sainsbury. © All rights reserved.

History

Midsomer Norton railway station (originally Midsomer Norton and Welton, later Midsomer Norton Upper and finally Midsomer Norton South) was a station on the Somerset and Dorset Railway between Bath Green Park and Shepton Mallet.  The station was immortalised in 1964 in the song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann.  It closed in 1966 with the closure of the S&D under the Beeching Axe.

The station was on a fairly steep slope which took the railway up from the valley floor at Radstock into the Mendips, heading south to the summit of the line at Masbury. It had extensive gardens which were cultivated by the station staff and won many prizes. The station buildings are still well-preserved.

Current Status

The station is now preserved by the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust which has returned full size steam locomotives to the station in recent years.

Future Plans

Planning permission has recently been granted to begin extending the line southwards towards Chilcompton.

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Midsomer Norton South Station, with Down Express
view Ne, Towards Bath; Somerset & Dorset Joint Line (bath Green Park - Bournemouth West). the 09.35 Sheffield (midland) to Bournemouth West Summer Saturday Express is Headed by Lms 2p 4-4-0 No. 40569 Piloting BR Standard 5mt 4-6-0 No. 73051 and is Attacking the 8 Miles at 1-in-50/60 Climb Up From Radstock to the Mendips Summit at Masbury.

this Image From Http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2122053 is Licensed Under the Creative Commons Attribution-share Alike 2.0 Generic License. by Ben Brooksbank ( Http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/44502 ) Photo by Stephen Sainsbury. © All Rights Reserved. Photo by Jim Type (c1980). © All Rights Reserved. Bradford - Bournemouth Express Pounding Through Midsomer Norton South Station
view Northward, Towards Bath: Ex-somerset & Dorset (midland & Lsw Joint) Line, Bath (green Park) - Templecombe - Bournemouth West. it is a Summer Saturday and the Heavy 07.40 From Bradford (forster Square) Has Reversed at Bath (dep. 14.50)and is Due at Bournemouth West at 17.35. it Needs Two Large Locomotives to Tackle the Heavy Gradients, Here the Long Climb From Radstock Up to Masbury. Sr Rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacific No. 34048 'crediton' (built 11/46 as 21c148, Rebuilt 3/59, Withdrawn 3/66) is Piloting BR Standard 5mt 4-6-0 No. 73019 (built 11/51, Withdrawn 1/67). 

this Image From Http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2669385 is Licensed Under the Creative Commons Attribution-share Alike 2.0 Generic License. by Ben Brooksbank ( Http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/44502 ) Photo by Jim Type (c1980). © All Rights Reserved. Photo by Jim Type (c1980). © All Rights Reserved. Postcard Shot of Midsomer Norton and Welton Railway Station (c1900).

Fundraising and Support

You can contribute to this project by donating to the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust.  The trust is always looking for volunteers to help out with track laying, station building work, and running the shops.  If you can help, please contact them directly via general@sdjr.co.uk.

If you'd like to contribute to the restoration of the Midland Mark I coach, currently hosted at Midsomer Norton South, please fill in and return the standing order mandate below:

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Page last updated: 08 May 2013