Norton Saint Somers - the Somerset and Dorset in 'O' gauge

The famous Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway is deservedly popular. STEPHEN FAY explains how he and his father created a distinctive slice of the route in 7mm finescale. Photography, Jonathan Newton.

MY FATHER and I often collaborate on modelling projects and locomotive sheds are our usual inspiration. However, I have been following the progress of the preservation group at Midsomer Norton and the excellent restoration job they have been doing at the station, and we both felt it was an inspiring location to base a new layout on.

The prototype originally opened in the mid-1870s as part of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway’s (S&D) extension from Evercreech Junction to Bath and remained in use until the line closed in 1966.

Above: Motive power overload as a pair of BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s arrive at Norton Saint Somers station depicting a typical S&D 1960s scene.

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