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!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

random musings

Wells is England's smallest city and once boasted three stations, including of course an S&D one, on the branch from Glastonbury. A Wells to Glastonbury heritage line would be a surefire money spinner linking two very different but equally popular tourist destinations. Eventually of course Wells will need a ‘real' railway as the oil vanishes. The logical route would be Wells to Bristol, which would be a wholly new route.

I've always felt that this place (above) would make an excellent station, especially considering its situation in the heart of the city!

The signalbox continues to surprise with its newly-acquired fancy fretwork at the bottom of the side-panelling! This appeared over the weekend.

Massey Wilcox at Chilcompton have certainly got their heads screwed on with their rail-served warehouse, but unfortunately it's not at Chilcompton - yet. I was stuck behind this thing up the hill from Radstock to Writhlington. Ironically at the point in the photo there was until the sixties (and in reality even later) railways either side of the road. It's nice to think that eventually all of this traffic currently blocking our roads will switch to rail! Posted by Picasa

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