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!

Monday, April 23, 2007

greenhouse - stage one

The site of Midsomer Norton's famous greenhouse has been cleared, the first step in its rebuilding. The original foundations are still there but will need levelling off as there's been some slipping. And we already have a member willing to take on the task of restoring this iconic part of the station. Once rebuilt it will supply flowers for the gardens and hanging baskets and, hopefully, organic vegetables for the catering coach.
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1 comment:

Robin Whitlock said...

The next stage is to ascertain which bits of the foundations are stable enough to build on. Most of the perimeter is stable, but because the floor is uneven due to slipping, the outside edge in parts is bowed outwards, which is going to make rebuilding interesting for someone who hasn't done any bricklaying before! Also, we have to get a good idea of what the original structure was like. Fortunately there are a number of photos in existence, and some plans, but if anyone knows of any more or knows anyone who actually worked at the station or went inside the greenhouse and can remember roughly what it was like, that would be brilliant.