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!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

radstock track

Track still exists at Radstock although you have to look hard for it! There is still track under the grass in the 'redevelopment' area near the old wagon works (and of course on the line back to Frome) but that is likely to be lifted soon (partly by the Trust!)

But the above bit will probably last much longer as it's set into the concrete tramway style. You can see this just before you get to the roundabout in front of Radco from the Frome direction - it's on the left hand side.

Depending on developments at Radstock and whether the Trust go for a straight run to Bath or connect (probably temporarily) with the Frome line this section may even see the occasional train again as it links the old S&D and GWR routes.

Although the North Somerset scheme appears moribund at the moment the underlying reasons for the reinstatement of the Frome-Radstock line are, if anything, getting stronger every day. In fact if things pan out as I expect them to one day Radstock may once again see lines to Frome, Bournemouth, Bath and Bristol.
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