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!

Monday, December 22, 2008

mark 1 progress

As well as the mark one brake coach currently at Midsomer Norton (shown above), a further mark one which will form the second coach of the operating train is currently at Oakamoor on the North Staffordshire Railway.

The coach is owned by the Midlands Mark One Group (MMOG). Dave Turnock up at Oakamoor will be doing the work to bring it up to operating condition, and at the moment it's due to arrive at Midsomer Norton by May 31 2009.
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1 comment:

alan said...

Hello, This looks like a wonderful project and I would like to wish you good luck and great success with it. My very young grandchildren are absolutely hooked on railways and this will be another outing for them soon. If you would like to promote your attraction more widely please feel free to make an entry on my web pages www.allaboutgoingout.com
They provide information about things to do and places to go in Dorset, Hampshire & The Isle of Wight to both local people and visitors to the area. Your entry will be absolutely free of charge and will accept detailed information and a photo of your choice . You may amend it whenever you wish.
Good luck and best wishes,