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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Not S&D, but a reminder of probably the worst decade for railways (and the S&D in particular) - check out this website. The four shots above are all from my own 80s collection!
Hopefully you've spotted the new style blog - I felt it was time for a complete change! With moves towards reinstating the whole route I'll be concentrating more on this but with regular nods in the direction of Midsomer Norton, Shillingstone, Gartell, Washford, Masbury and Midford. I'll be rebuilding the sidebar from scratch.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Some images from the Great Dorset Steam Fair on Wednesday.
Debs and I were guests of ITV Local and were preparing a bloggers' report on the show, which involved going around with a camera and interviewing people. It was great fun but finished early for us after Debs had an accident! The film will appear on ITV Local soon and I'll give a link when available.
The Fair is fantastic and you really do need a few days there to see everything. We missed whole swathes of it.
Interestingly the fair exists because of the S&D! It grew out of a few film shows of the S&D shown near the Fair site back in the 60s. It's now been running for 40 years. More about the history of the Fair and the strong S&D connection here.
There was a stall featuring the Lynton and Barnstaple but, sadly, nothing from the S&D this year.
Eventually no doubt the showground will be served by a branch line off the new S&D, turning the wheel full circle!
Friday, August 22, 2008
This blog has been chosen as just one of four throughout the region to feature in a Meridian Tonight programme next week (Wednesday 27 August 2008) broadcast from the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Hopefully this will be a chance to present what we're all about at the S&D, from the small heritage set ups at Midsomer Norton and Shillingstone to the whole route revival that seems to be getting closer every day now. The programme is at 6pm next Wednesday.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
About to open south of Midsomer Norton is Kilver Court Gardens which is framed perfectly by the S&D viaduct in Shepton Mallet. It will be nice when visitors are able to arrive by train - even if it takes 10 to 20 years yet - and just imagine a 9F pulling ten coaches going across the viaduct!
The more attractions that lie along the route the more passengers we'll be carrying, particularly with joint ticketing. This is great news for the S&D.