Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I've been digitalizing more of my early photos (above are 1972).
These are two shots on the Winchester-Alton route. I feel these capture the day-to-day reality of a run down branch line (in horrible weather). Can today's Watercress Line even begin to compete with this for atmosphere? What is preservation actually about? Do any of today's lines recreate the past as it really was, or is there so much pressure (and vested special interest groups) that every 'heritage' railway resembles little more than a full size train set with bits and pieces from different eras forced together, everything bright and shiny with beaming staff? That's been my experience and that was something we really hoped to avoid at the S&D. It may be an impossible aim. I suspect however that the more today's heritage railways morph into genuine community railways in an oil-less future then the more the atmosphere will return. Authenticity is everything if you think about it ...