Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
what it's all about
Sometimes when things get on top of us (which happens even here at Midsomer Norton) it's worth stepping back a bit and remembering what this is all about! It's not about restoring a dozen miles of single track, running industrial locos, turning old stations into retail centres or running trains full of mixed-liveried vehicles full of people on a short trip from nowhere to nowhere.
It's about the above. Bringing back the S&D as a working steam railway through the best scenery in England. It's about restoring the iconic scenes we all remember either directly or through the work of those lucky photographers in the 50s and 60s, it's about running long double-headed steam trains over Midford Viaduct, it's about waiting for the train in front of a roaring fire at Midsomer Norton on a snowy evening, it's about the rebuilding of Evercreech Junction and Prestleigh viaduct, it's about running a two-coach branch train in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor; post-Peak Oil it's about allowing people to still move about, about bringing thousands of people daily to Bournemouth to the seaside or to Bath for the city sights. And it's about all the places in between, still suffering from the unneccesary removal of their railway.
It's going to be a long drag and it'll be hard at times, but we'll prevail. And that's why we're doing this! To restore England's finest railway so that we and our children and their children can enjoy what our parents and grandparents did. It's as simple as that. We're Bringing Back Our Trains.