The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust promotes the spirit and history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway. They have an extensive archive and museum, including an S&D engine and coaches, publish a quarterly magazine and welcome visitors to their base at Washford. Find out more at http://www.sdrt.org/
From the Bristol Mercury Guide to Burnham 1884:
THE LOCAL LINE – HIGHBRIDGE TO BURNHAM
Photos from Glyn Luxon Collection
Below Desmond ‘Peter’ Dyer recalls his days on the GWR and SDJR
Here is an atmospheric YouTube video by Vic Jones representing the Highbridge to Burnham line, given the amount work that must have gone into this we can forgive the inevitable inaccuracies .
Another marvellous video of the journey from Glastonbury to Burnham past and present can be found here: Ghost Train, Glastonbury to Burnham.
TRAIN CRASH 1909
Strictly speaking this was not on the S&D rails but it was whilst the train was crossing over the S&D line running to Burnham.
Easter Monday 1914 – a locomotive was derailed whilst crossing the points behind Eton Rd. The following appeared in the Somerset and West of England Advertiser on 17th April:
This is how the same spot looks now.
CROSSING DEATH 1930
From “Beyond The Shadows” the history of three local families by Rita Probert:
From the British Railways Holiday Guide, South West 1952: