All aboard the Real Ale train

By Leah Smith in Community News

Midsomer Norton Station was well known on the Somerset and Dorset Railway for their gardens and won Best Station awards many times. They even kept other stations supplied with plants, and tomatoes for the drivers’ and guards’ lunch.

Volunteer gardeners at the station are continuing the tradition of supplying plants, but now it is not just to drivers, but to local visitors, too. They have also extended the original garden area round by the buffet car and have been very busy clearing and planting for this year’s events.

The next event is a Real Ale evening this Saturday, 13th May, when ticket holders can enjoy their beer in the full ambience of an evening at the station with its wonderful gardens and restored signal and station lighting.

Will George, Real Ale enthusiast and Railway Volunteer, says: “This very first Real Ale evening is a unique opportunity to sample a range of ales from local breweries, whilst watching evening turn to night in an event of nostalgic and atmospheric railway travel.

The following day, the station’s very own steam engine, Joyce, will be steaming up the line when any beer left over will again be available. The buffet, shop and museum will be open as usual.

More information about this and following events can be found on the recently updated website www.sdjr.co.uk – or you can call: 01761 411221 on a Sunday or Monday.

The Real Ale Train at Midsomer Norton Station starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 13th May, with admittance for over-18s only. Tickets are available from the Redan Inn or on the door and include all train rides, a souvenir glass, your first pint of beer and a programme containing tasting notes. More beer will be available per half pint until 11 p.m. The buffet will be open serving chilli, curry and turkey and bacon baguettes and hot and cold soft drinks. For more information, see the advert on The Journal’s ‘Shall we go out’ pages.