Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Monday, March 26, 2007
the race to prestleigh ...
After we reach Shepton Evercreech Junction and Templecombe will beckon. But there is one big problem en-route, the missing Prestleigh Viaduct.
But suddenly we're not alone in our ambitions in that direction! Neighbours the East Somerset Railway are considering building a line to the Bath and West Showground south of Prestleigh, which will require rebuilding of the viaduct. Perhaps they'll even consider a transport link directly into the Showground using the existing 7 1/4" gauge Bath and West Railway?
The route will include yet more restoration of the S&D, always something worth backing!
The East Somerset have always had the problem of not having a proper destination - this would be an incredible move and would lift the ESR right up the heritage railway chart. It would also serve an essential transport role in the car-less future.
We shouldn't be too daunted by the prospect of having to restore something the size of Prestleigh - it didn't stop it being built in the first place! It's maddening to think that this viaduct was only demolished a few years ago, well after Peak Oil and Climate Change effects were being considered by other more enlightened authorities.
Prestleigh Viaduct WILL be rebuilt, now the only question is ... by whom?