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The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust is dedicated to preserving the memory of the railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth, with branches to Wells, Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea. The line closed in 1966 as a result of the Beeching Report. It is still one of the best loved of the lines which are no longer running, with memories of steam trains climbing the Mendip hills carrying both passengers and freight, many of which were captured on film by legendary photographer Ivo Peters. A number of Ivo's books and films, now on DVD, are available in the Trust's online shop.
The Trust owns S&DJR 7F steam engine No. 88, and a Peckett 0-4-0 steam locomotive called Kilmersdon,which once operated at a colliery of that name on the North Somerset Coalfield. Both locomotives are currently based on the Mid-Hants Railway.

Charity number: 1158865

88 Tender Appeal

Event dates: Saturday 22nd July 2023 – Monday 30th December

We are raising funds for a new tender tank and other work to the tender for our flagship loco, S&D 7F 53808 (88) which will be out of ticket in late 2023, and requiring significant work to be carried out as part of its 10 year overhaul. Our initial target is to raise £70,000.

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