The Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (S&DRT) have posted the sad news they have been asked to leave the Washford site.
The S&DRT received a letter from solicitors on behalf of the West Somerset Railway PLC, owners of the Washford site, with a Notice to Terminate on the agreement allowing S&DRT to use the Washford site, giving the S&DRT a years notice.
The one reason the WSR PLC have stated so far for asking the S&DRT to leave is to allow the WSR PLC to use the site for its own purposes, but no further details have been added. The S&DRT have sent a response and are now seeking legal advice.
Although very disappointing for the S&DRT, they have encountered difficulties in the past and look forward to opportunities in the future.
The S&DRT also added that “…this does not indicate the end of the Trust, we will continue with our present activities as usual.”
About the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
Formed shortly after the closure of the original Somerset and Dorset Railway in 1966, with “The purpose was to collect, collate and record as much as possible about the history of the line, and to encourage modelling.”
Since then, more and more members have joined, and the trust has acquired many associated items, from documents to buying and restoring S&DR 7F No.53808. The S&DRT moved to the Washford site in the 1970s, which was owned by the WSR and in a derelict state at the time. Over the years the site has been developed to show how the original S&DR worked, winning awards such as the national prize for railway societies’ magazines.
For more information or to support the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust, please visit their website here.
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