Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
railway view place
Railway View Place is an unassuming street in Midsomer Norton, and it's currently a misnomer.
But what you can see from Railway View Place is the huge embankment that will carry the line back to Radstock.
This is a pretty good symbol of what the S&D was and will be again - a line engineered on a magnificent scale. Of course on the old S&D this was almost totally a negative, pushing up costs. But on the new S&D it is the scale of the earthworks, bridges and viaducts, as well as double-heading of the longer trains that will bring great benefits (as well as costs!) as hundreds of thousands flock to the line every year! Just imagine the view across Radstock and Midsomer Norton when perched fifty feet above the ground! And just imagine the sheer joy for the residents of Railway View Place when the trains are back and they can look out over their breakfasts on a frosty morning as an early train heads south against the grade. Imagine what it will do for their property prices as every enthusiast in the land competes with each other for the view! Just one more intangible benefit that the restoration of the S&D will bring to residents all along its route.