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!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

robin of templecome

(Photos courtesy Mark Jamieson - more here!)

Loco number 47739 was named 'Robin of Templecombe' at Templecombe yesterday (30.9.08). The loco was named by and after Colas driver Robin Gould who is ex S & D Templecombe shed and the last ex-Templecome S & D driver still driving on the mainline (started 1955). There is one more ex S & D man still active on the mainline - I won't quote his name but he's an ex Bath Green Park fireman, now driving for EWS at Westbury.

Note the S&D crest above the nameplate. The S&D is not forgotten even by today's one-size-fits-all national railway network!

More pics and info here.

Thanks to Mick Knox for alerting me to this!
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Anonymous said...

joined in 1955 ?
something does not add up here.
if he was 15 in 1955, that makes him 68 and past retirement.
do they allow that on todays railways ?????

Richard & Marion said...

With regards to Anonymous.and his question re Robin.The answer is yes,providing strict medical standards are met and I think I am correct in saying an annual medical.Bill Andrew,Steam Driver with West Coast Railways,retired this year,at the age of 75.
Richard Gresley.37 years on British and Australian Railways.