Great day out at Midsomer Norton's railway station
By Desert Divas Ltd | Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 09:10
Having lived in Midsomer Norton for five years, I’m ashamed to say I had never visited the Old Railway Station.
A bird's eye view of the old railway station at Midsomer Norton
Enjoying a cup of tea and cake in the buffet car,
The diesel engine outside the signal box
And after a visit there on Easter Sunday, I wish I had ‘discovered’ it earlier.
I suppose the reason I had not dropped by earlier was I was under the impression you had to pay for admission, but this wasn’t the case at all.
Infact you are free to wander around the station and its museum and what I thought would be rather boring proved to be a good day out.
The station is run by volunteers of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust who put in a great deal of work laying track and restoring the trains and station.
Stepping onto the platform felt like I was stepping back in time and I loved looking at the old trains that were in need of some TLC. I was particularly fascinated with the luggage which had been left on board.
Currently volunteers are re-building the station greenhouse. According to one of the volunteers, Midsomer Norton always won the award for the most beautiful station as it had a wonderful display of flowers, which were grown by the railway workers.
There are two museums on site. One is in the stables and the other in the bomb shelter at the top of the hill. This is definitely worth a visit, and the claustrophobic entrance is worth a venture in.
My favourite discovery was the tea shop that is in an old buffet car. Here you could get a cooked breakfast or enjoy a cup of tea and cake while sitting in the first class seats.
It is hoped to lay track to Chilcompton and hopefully it will be running trips by 2011. I’ve got my fingers crossed it happens.