Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Sunday, November 16, 2008
pluses and minuses
We popped to Midsomer Norton today for the first time as punters.
The station looks fantastic, particularly the signalbox, platforms and the double track.
But the downsides were also present - no parking spaces (volunteers taking 95% of them despite the Board declaring two years ago that volunteers had to park off site on Sundays), absolutely no advertising for the Santa event (and no tickets, which was our reason for going) despite the event only being four weeks off - this time last year presents were bought, tickets printed and 50% sold and Santa booked. And the other problem was no signposting at all as to what the whole site is about. No details of the Trust, whether visitors could look around the site, what facilities were open and what our plans are. Two very nice notice boards were acquired two years ago for positioning by the catering coach (giving details of catering events, kids' parties etc etc) and by the main gate, but they still languish in an old coach somewhere.
As always, a visit to MN is fantastic because there's a real piece of the real S&D up and (almost) running again, but a lot more needs to be done for visitors!