Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
countdown to 6 March 2009
The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed the change to this blog's name.
This is the first visible sign of the countdown to launching the New Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust, scheduled for 6 March 2009. The Trust will exist solely for promoting the rebuilding of the new S&D, from Bristol/Bath to Bournemouth, to Glastonbury and Ringwood/Brockenhurst.
I've always believed that the S&D will be reopened, but to me the S&D needs to be a real railway, not a basic, government funded, excuse of a railway, which is what we'll get if we don't FIGHT for a new S&D.
As the oil runs out the need for a new line linking Britain's only World Heritage city with its premier seaside resort, through stunning scenery and through towns currently (unbelievably!) non-rail served, will become clear to all. Unfortunately around the same time the need for new railways will be clear throughout the country - so it will be a struggle for scarce resources, especially manpower. By launching the new Trust now we should hopefully have a head start!
Keep checking this site for more information. If you would like to join the Trust then please let me know!
The New Trust will obviously support ALL schemes that help maintain and preserve the route, whether they are heritage railways, footpaths or cycleways. The new railway will hopefully have a heritage aspect, providing that doesn't clash with providing a real service. It's my firm belief that the railways of the future will have far more in common with real railways - manned stations, sustainable power supplies, locomotives etc - than they will have with the jokes that pass for railways today.
The line will carry freight, post, animals, tourists, commuters and shoppers and will genuinely serve every community it passes through. It will help the communities survive the huge problems caused by Climate Change, Peak Oil and Economic Meltdown.
This is the future, and it starts on 6 March!