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!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

midsomer norton double track!

A rare treat today - a trip to Midsomer Norton station! The most obvious change since my last visit several months ago was the extension of the up line which now gives a pretty good impression of double track. The S&D will be the only line other than the Great Central with this feature within the heritage scene, though it will be several years before appropriate length trains will be using it.
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Toddingtonted said...

Excellent stuff! Thanks for posting the photos. Although not all the S&D was double track of course there's no doubt that those parts that were, like MN should be again if possible. The GCR really does look the part because of its double track section and I know the Glos Warks Railway would be if it could afford it! Who knows, maybe one day. In the meantime, more power to your pw gang's elbow!

GMasterH said...

It's magnificent! How long until you reach the foot of the in-filled cutting? By then that should be a good half a mile of running line.

Anonymous said...

Has planning been granted yet to continue laying on the extension ? Whats the progress on that front?