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!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

a short break ...

A few shots from the last working weekend in 2006. Midsomer Norton will reopen on 7 January, once Xmas and the New Year are out of the way!

It's been a brilliant year for Midsomer Norton, with the signalbox almost back, the lease on the extension signed, the station trackwork just about completed, membership soaring and income increasing from all the retail and other activity we're been engaged in. The Telegraph goes from strength to strength, the catering coach is now flourishing and the atmosphere is coming back. We also received outline permission to operate public trains from 2008.

2007 is going to be an interesting year with track appearing on the extension, the signalbox completed and - possibly - membership reaching the 1000 mark. We also have four events planned and a possible steam visitor. The catering coach will offer regular Sunday and evening meals throughout the year, the blogsite, website and myspace should be even better. And there are rumours of discos on the patio once the longer evenings and warmer weather return! Posted by Picasa


Keith said...

The new photos look really great,you can feel the spirit of the S&D .I look forward to the developements in 2007.

Trinity said...

sunday dinner at the coach on Jan 7th. Come join us everyone