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!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

sunday best

The catering coach is open again! With a new menu, new ethos and even a new volunteer signing up ...

It will be a month or so before we're open every Sunday, and it's all dependent on a lot more volunteers signing up for induction - but if you live locally why not think about it? You'll get full training and a food hygiene certificate, free of charge.

At the moment the following dates are definite for catering coach opening -

Monday 27 August (Bank Holiday)
Saturday 8 September (Heritage Open Day)
Sunday 23 September
Sunday 7 October
Saturday 13 October (Railway Ramblers & AGM)
Sunday 4 November
Sunday 18 November
Saturday 8 December (Santa)

The new menu moves us well away from the old 'greasy spoon' fry ups and into more select food, but still at our remarkably reasonable prices!

Opening times are generally 11am till 2.30pm, later closing on event days.

The site was busy today as was the coach and shop. Main work focus is the Silver Street safety works.
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1 comment:

pjohn151 said...

Another beautifully charismatic photo of MSN. The signal box looks immaculate and as if it had never gone away. Keep up the excellent blog!