Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway

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


A Railwayman Remembers. Click here to read about working life on this line.


o.s. 1921-43

Highbridge Crossing Gates
Highbridge Wharf
Brick and Tile Works
Cox’s Warehouse & entrance to Pillsmouth Farm
Sign at Pillsmouth Crossing
Looking back at signal gantry & Cox’s Warehouse
Station approach
Run-around-line up to buffer stops
Rails down jetty – original end of the line.

Photos from Glyn Luxon Collection

Somerset Central Railway Centenary souvenir ticket 1954. Scan courtesy of Ann Popham.

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 .


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. 

Railway smash @ Highbridge 20th June 1909 ( AJ)

Train crash 1

Train crash 2

Train crash 3

Train crash plan

Train crash plan2








Rail death report


From “Beyond The Shadows” the history of three local families by Rita Probert:
Rail death txt

From the British Railways Holiday Guide, South West 1952:

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