Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Sunday, October 21, 2007
back to earth
This is the house where I used to live in Switzerland. Leysin, a village of about 4000 people, has four operating stations. Midsomer Norton/Radstock, with a population of 30000+ currently has none, although it too once had four.
This is the Gornergratbahn which carries passengers and freight from Zermatt at 5000 feet asl to the Gornergrat at 10000 feet asl. It's rack operated throughout and metre gauge. For almost the whole journey the Matterhorn dominates.
As well as a superb state railway system Switzerland also has many private lines (mainly metre gauge) and tramways in the larger cities. This is a tram in Geneva running on a new line opened a few years ago - public transport is clean, efficient, cheap and intensive. What Switzerland has today hopefully the UK will have in twenty years time! It would be impossible for towns the size of Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Wincanton, Blandford, Wells, Shepton, Glastonbury and Sturminster Newton not to have a regular and intensive train service in Switzerland.