Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'

The original Somerset and Dorset Railway closed very controversially in 1966. It is time that decision, made in a very different world, was reversed. We now have many councillors, MPs, businesses and individuals living along the line supporting us. Even the Ministry of Transport supports our general aim. The New S&D was formed in 2009 with the aim of rebuilding as much of the route as possible, at the very least the main line from Bath (Britain's only World Heritage City) to Bournemouth (our premier seaside resort); as well as the branches to Wells, Glastonbury and Wimborne. We will achieve this through a mix of lobbying, trackbed purchase and restoration of sections of the route as they become economically viable. With Climate Change, road congestion, capacity constraints on the railways and now Peak Oil firmly on the agenda we are pushing against an open door. We already own Midford just south of Bath, and are restoring Spetisbury under license from DCC, but this is just the start. There are other established groups restoring stations and line at Midsomer Norton and Shillingstone, and the fabulous narrow gauge line near Templevcombe, the Gartell Railway.

There are now FIVE sites being actively restored on the S&D and this blog will follow what goes on at all of them!
Midford - Midsomer Norton - Gartell - Shillingstone - Spetisbury

Our Aim:

Our aim is to use a mix of lobbying, strategic track-bed purchase, fundraising and encouragement and support of groups already preserving sections of the route, as well as working with local and national government, local people, countryside groups and railway enthusiasts (of all types!) To restore sections of the route as they become viable.
Whilst the New S&D will primarily be a modern passenger and freight railway offering state of the art trains and services, we will also restore the infrastructure to the highest standards and encourage steam working and steam specials over all sections of the route, as well as work very closely with existing heritage lines established on the route.

This blog contains my personal views. Anything said here does not necessarily represent the aims or views of any of the groups currently restoring, preserving or operating trains over the Somerset and Dorset Railway!

Monday, June 19, 2006

move on up

Midsomer Norton South 19/06/06

Poor cousin of the tarted-up down platform is the up (Bath-bound) one, which is still pretty much in post-1966 condition. However with the station building and down platform complete it's now time to hit the up platform. The original tarmac has reverted to lawn at the Chilcompton end, and will probably stay that way until we can afford resurfacing throughout (at around £5000). Hopefully this will be before train services resume in 2007, as the up platform will probably be used for arriving trains, which will then set back on to the down platform for the next Chilcompton-bound departure. Note that the signalbox, just a hole in the ground 18 months ago, now has the roof timbers in place.

Another view of the up platform lawn!

At the Bath end the tarmac has stood the test of time a bit more! The fence is looking reasonable.

Dave, a new volunteer, is working well on restoring the up platform shelter, here cutting pieces for the surround. It will have a fresh coat of paint before the Midsummer event! Posted by Picasa

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