Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Hope you all had a great Xmas. We had a good December at the station with a Christmas meal (mainly for the volunteers) on the first Sunday, a wonderful Santa weekend with around 75 children in to see Santa then a family Xmas meal on the big day itself which was a unique experience.
2008 is going to be an important year for the line with a lot of new development. A large legacy came in just before Xmas will which allow a lot of progress - more please!
On the volunteer front we've had a lot of new regulars join the team in 2007, coming in nearly every week. The signalbox is FANTASTIC and an absolute credit to the line and to Graeme Mayes and John Rideout who have done most of the work. The museum should be completed in 2008, bringing another visitor attraction to the site. And the Sentinel restoration will be proceeding throughout the year - funding is in place.
Also expect 3 or 4 more issues of the Telegraph magazine, in my objective opinion easily the finest magazine produced by any of the smaller heritage set ups. And we can't wait to get started on tracklaying on the extension ...
I'm really looking forward to working at the site in the New Year, once I've got this bricklaying course under my belt!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Like most of mainland Europe, Budapest has an excellent public transport system that puts the UK's to shame. We had a couple of days there at the start of the month and were amazed how easy it was to get around the city. Just try getting round Bath, Bristol or Bournemouth as easily - yet once all three places had trams. In the UK some cities don't even have railways (Wells and Ripon spring to mind). We've a lot to learn ...
A small Santa welcomes visitors to the station on Saturday.
The tombola stall was very successful!
Member number 1 chills out in front of the shop fire.
Santa was at Midsomer Norton this weekend. About 75 children got to see him and the weekend went really smoothly. Santa events are an excellent way of publicising the line and hopefully will gain us lots of new supporters over the coming decades!
Monday, December 03, 2007
This is all the mail order and Internet sales items sent over the weekend. Mail order and Internet sales have been a vital fundraiser for the S&D, bringing in around £15000 profit over the last 3 years.
Unfortunately due to staff changes at Midsomer Norton this has all had to end. The eBay shop is now closed and the last few mail orders are now being filled.
If you would like to take over this side of the sales operation please contact us!