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The old website is no longer maintained but it can still be viewed "as is" by clicking here.


The website pages seem to work best on Firefox and Chrome. Some odd effects occur when viewed in IE which I have tried, and failed, to correct.


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All photographs, drawings, diagrams and text are copyright © 1999 - of the respective photographers, artists and authors. If you wish to re-use any material, please see the Submitting images page and if in doubt contact us first by email.


This is an unofficial web site which relies heavily on the goodwill of a small and loyal team of contributors. Grateful thanks to all contributors and those who have offered help, details and corrections. Special thanks to long-time friend Hein Burger, erstwhile Commercial Manager of the West Somerset Railway Plc for his initial and continued support. For further details about how to contribute material and how we use material, please see the Submitting images page.


These pages are independent of, and are not officially supported by, the West Somerset Railway plc or any of the affiliated organisations, unless specifically mentioned on the appropriate page. All information is believed correct but neither this web site or the Railway cannot be held responsible for any errors.

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided in good faith by a variety of contributors and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

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Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, we take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

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These pages are dedicated to the memory of an ex-Somerset & Dorset Railwayman, Derek Edge 1927-1996, my Dad, who worked in the fifties and early sixties at Sturminster Newton, Blandford and Bailey Gate Stations, and who gave me no chance of escaping a lifetime interest in all things railway. He even managed to give his growing son a bedroom window with a wonderful view across the Dorset countryside, with trains passing in the middle distance, including the mid-afternoon "Bailey Gate Belle". Thanks, Dad.


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