Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
more from the great dorset steam fair
Visitor from the Mid Hants Railway.
No rails but steam all the same!
Random steam shot.
Talk about diversification - but you won't catch me on it!!
It's nearly a week now since our incident-packed trip to the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
It's incredible that such a seemingly limited appeal event can attract over 200,000 people to a rural corner of Dorset. I think it says a lot for the potential of the future S&D. For every fan of static steam there must be 50 fans of the moving kind! Steam railways have a seemingly universal appeal, to young and old, rich and poor, male and (to a lesser extent!) female. Add in the need for all of us to gradually switch from road to rail as the oil runs out as well as the need to switch all freight to rail and once again the incredible potential of the new S&D becomes clear to all.
It's interesting that the people running the Fair are considering putting in a permanent (and doubtless steam) railway on the site. It's good that they are looking to the future! Eventually they will also need a rail connection to the network (inevitably along the new S&D) to ensure they will survive and flourish.
If you didn't get the chance to visit the Fair try to get there next year. We'll certainly be going again ...