Welcome to North Dorset Railway Trust
Welcome to the Shillingstone Railway Station’s website. This is an exciting time for the North Dorset Railway Trust as we begin the transition to an operational heritage railway. There will be plenty of news to report in the coming months as well as an increasing number of events, activities and volunteer projects.
We are in transition from being a Railway Project to a Railway Station and that will be shown here first. Recently we have welcomed new volunteers to the Station, worked out the Station track layout, removed dead trees at our southern boundary, cleaned ballast ready for tracklaying, added a Brake Van to our rolling stock, and removed unwanted items from the yard.
The Trust seeks a range of volunteers to help improve the Station as a visitor attraction and to help move the Station towards operational status. There is always plenty to do at the Station. Why not visit the Station any weekend or Wednesday and savour the various projects underway during a Guided Tour of the station and signal box which will be celebrating '140 years' in October this year?
We are open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays. Come along for coffee, lunch or tea, (with Hot food now available) and tour our station and soak up the gardens and beautiful country views!
Attention Volunteers - Our 2018 REFRESHER COURSE – OCTOBER 2018
Current PTW Cards begin to expire this autumn and so a Refresher Course has been arranged for the benefit of ALL working volunteers to update themselves with the procedures that have come into place during the last three years.
The course will involve about an hour or so of your time and will be held over the weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of October. It would be greatly appreciated if you could attend on either of these dates. (A Wednesday date is yet to be decided for mid-week volunteers, possibly either 3rd or 17th of October depending on availability of instructors).
During the last three years there have been numerous changes to legislation, rules and our own organisation and it is important that we are all kept informed and up to date.
During August and September the current Volunteers’ Handbook, Health & Safety Policy and NDRT Basic Railway Handbook documents shown as PDF files in our Members’ Zone portion of the station website under ‘Important Information for Volunteers’ will be updated for you to peruse to facilitate your participation in a short questionnaire on the day. Hard copies of these booklets will be put on display at the station for anyone to inspect otherwise the PDF files can be downloaded for you to peruse and print off at home.
Also on display at the station will be a clipboard for you to fill in your preferred day of attendance.
In the meantime could you please check that your membership subscriptions are or will be up to date as a current Membership Card will be required to attend the Refresher.
Looking forward to seeing you all at one of the courses,
Chair – Training Sub-Committee