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, November 04, 2007

santa again!

(2006 Photo - Rudolf and Santa's helper by Paul Mitchell)

Santa Comes to Midsomer Norton

At the Somerset and Dorset Railway Station, Silver Street, Midsomer Norton

Santa will be at the station over the weekend of 15th and 16th December 2007

Santa will be greeting children at his grotto in the coach.

The cost is £5 per child for Santa and a present.

There will be things to do and see on the platform for kids and adults, including mulled wine and mince pies to keep you warm.
The catering coach will be in full festive swing with lights and music and party food.

There will be party treats for the children at £1 a head and lovely delicious delights for the adults including hot chocolate with whipped cream and home made bakes.

Santa will be in attendance from 2 pm until 6 pm. Be sure to book early to get the time slot you’d like.

Don’t forget to tell Santa what you’d really like for Christmas and remember to be really good!


(When you book please tell the staff member what kind of thing your child likes… ie; if they are really girlie or a tomboy. If they love trains or anything but trains so Santa can get your child something they’d love)
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