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Thursday, August 24, 2006
red letter day!
The current end of the line ...
The first few metres of the extension - peaceful now ...
Out into the S&D countryside on the new extension. (pic Pete Russell)
Beyond the tunnels, one of the few obstacles on the Radstock-Shepton section. Can't wait to start digging into this! (pic Pete Russell)
Today is a red letter day for the 21st century restoration of the Somerset and Dorset Railway!
Today we’ve completed the lease for the next section of trackbed, which will bring us away from the station environs at last and take us out into the countryside for which the S&D was so famous. We’re no longer just a restored station but an embryo railway, an embryo that will develop into the premier heritage/community railway in the country!
The lease covers the next quarter mile of trackbed and negotiations for the section beyond it are already underway. The timing is perfect - we’ve just taken delivery of a quarter mile of track materials and also the bird nesting season ends on 31 August so we can actually begin clearing the route.
This would indeed be a very interesting time to join the S&D if you’re not already a member! As well as restoring this quarter mile there is also work to be done at the Silver Street end to allow us to run public trains in 2007, as well as all the usual range of jobs that a heritage railway offers.
Our short-term aim is to restore public trains back to just north of Chilcompton Tunnel, before considering whether a Radstock restoration or extension south of the tunnels should get priority. Both are expensive options but keep watching this site for ways you can help - or take a visit to the sidebar now!