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Saturday, January 17, 2009
I've read a few negative things about Midsomer Norton lately, mainly on forums.
These people haven't got a clue what they are talking about. To write off MN as a hobby for ten people is ludicrous. On many Sundays there are 30 volunteers on site, even Mondays sometimes bring out 20 or more. And this is before there are trains running!
I love the picture above. The spot from where it was taken was under tons of spoil back in the early nineties. There was of course no track! The loading gauge was actually buried almost to the top in this spoil heap. The signalbox in the distance was a pile of rubble. The gap between the platforms was infilled. This has all been recreated from scratch, as can any point on the S&D, or all of it.
This could have been a boring picture of a bland housing estate, because that is what it almost became. Thanks to Shirley Steel and Nick Howes this wasn't allowed to happen. We owe them both an enormous debt.
So before anyone writes MN, or Shillingstone, or indeed the New S&D off, remember what has already been achieved!