Serene and Delightful!

Somerset & Dorset Railway Club


The Somerset and Dorset Railway was often referred to as the Slow and Dirty or more fondly the Serene and Delightful. It was closed fifty years ago, on 7 March 1966, as a result of the infamous Beeching cuts. The same year saw the formation of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Circle, preserving the memory and heritage of the line, which subsequently became the present Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust.

The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (SDRT) are marking the 50th anniversary of the closure with a number of events including a travelling exhibition, walks and talks. A number of these events are taking place within the Avalon Marshes and we will be hosting the exhibition for one day during the Avalon Marshes Open day on Sunday 5thJune.

The day before this on Saturday 4th June there will be a special opportunity to see part of the evocative film of Sir John Betjeman traveling on the line through the Avalon Marshes. This is being shown as part of the celebration “The Avalon Marshes – Landscape, Heritage & Wildlife”. 

For a full programme of the SDRT anniversary events please click here

Somerset and Dorest Railway Through Time Book Steph Gillett Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway Logo Crest

SDRT museum curator, Steph Gillett, has written a book ‘The Somerset and Dorset Railway Through Time’ covering the history of this much loved railway and it features many photographs which have not been previously published. The book was launched at the Wells and Mendip museum in February this year and Steph Gillett will be at the Avalon Marshes Centre signing copies alongside the exhibition on 5th June.

To find out more about the SDRT and their museum at Washford, Somerset, please visit their website.

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