Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Friday, December 08, 2006
(ASD 11 in Aigle, 07/07/82)
We're currently showing a couple of Swiss DVDs in the station shop featuring trains in the snow, just to get the kiddies in the right mood for Santa's visits this weekend.
We could learn a lot from the Swiss system! Railways are everywhere, in some villages they are the only form of transport, services are frequent and punctual. Some lines are very heavily engineered with viaducts that make Prestleigh and Midford look like toys, others run along village streets and country roads, some are both! Very few lines have closed, almost all are electrified. Where there is a railway competing buses are not permitted on the same route. Services start early and finish late. Even single track lines often operate a very busy service. The railway companies provide social services like mobile libraries and play areas for children.
If anyone doubts that railways are the future they should look at Switzerland and see how things should be done!