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!

Friday, September 14, 2007

step forward

The base of the greenhouse reappears.

The original basks in the background behind the Jinty.

After four years stuck in the office I've volunteered for something far more interesting - rebuilding the greenhouse. With Robin off to Cardiff for post-graduate work I've stepped in with the rash promise of getting it done myself! Expect slow but steady progress ...
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Toddingtonted said...

The original greenhouse seems to be quite a large structure and its chimney (at least that's what I presume it is) would suggest that it was heated to protect plants in the winter. Now I know that MN had (and now has again) some nice garden features but was the Greenhouse provided by the S&DJR or did the Station Staff put it up themselves? I presume the Station had a fair number of staff and not that many trains (which is one reason why one might argue that the more rural railways were given the chop as being uneconomic-not a sound argument I know but one I've heard for years) so gardening flourished. Did other S&D stations have horticultural "temples" other than MN and Shillingstone?

Sunshiner said...

Don't have any answers yet but as part of the process of reinstating it I'll find out as much about its history as I can! I imagine it was built by the S&D, it was used proncipally to keep the gardens well stocked.

More evidence that the past was in many ways superior to the present, as employees had the time and support to engage in this sort of activity!

Bob said...

Good Luck Steve.

Changing the subject slightly, to that of the Signal Box, how much 'input' has Midsomer Norton had with Kuju regarding their new 'Rail Simulator' which is released on October the 5th?
I ask because the Kuju interpretation of the signal box, and the siting of the same, is wildly wide-of-the-mark.

Hoping to become a member shortly, ant thanks for posting a copy of the Telegraph to St. Ives, Cambs, last week!