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!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

looking nice

The three repainted wagons have been made up into a rake and really look quite smart, especially the brake van with that hideous and soon-to-be-removed 'LMS' on the other side!
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Toddingtonted said...

Leaving aside the snide comment about "hideous LMS", (I look forward to seeing Duchess 6233 on the main line later today!) may I say how good it is to see a rake of vans in such good nick. Experience shows that such vehicles soon lose their shine and end up stuck in sidings rotting away if not cared for. Whilst I think many heritage working railways are now turning towards looking after their stock a little better but well done to the S&D for cracking on with this from the outset. Better to have a few "gems" for the punters to see and for the railway to use than loads of grotty rotting stuff rotting in sidings like you can still find at some railways these days.

Sunshiner said...

I've no problem at all with the LMS as such, and would happily visit a line attempting to recreate the LMS! But it wasn't right at a 1950s station and line -especially newly painted ..

These wagons looked great last Monday and I couldn't resist photographing them. Glyn Voisey has been an absolute gem, getting on with this and often working all week and Dave Rushton has worked wonders since taking over C&W.