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!

Friday, January 02, 2009

passing the baton

The biggest criticism this site has received recently is that it no longer provides almost daily updates on activities at Midsomer Norton. Believe me, I regret this as much as anybody!

Unfortunately practising what I preach has left me sans car, which makes getting to MN very difficult as there's no direct bus service from Bristol - pretty sick considering that 50 years ago there was a direct TRAIN service from south Bristol to MN and on to Frome. That is, apparently, progress!!

Anyway, to get to the point, those of you that need a regular fix of MN news could do worse than visit Mike Tuck's site, which hopefully in time will become an MN-focussed website. Click here to visit it!

This blog will continue to bring news of the exciting developments on the whole S&D that will now happen more and more, and hopefully I'll still get to MN (as well as Gartell, Shillingstone etc) reasonably often to blitz the place with my camera!
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Anonymous said...

what about the 178 bus leaves temple meads once an hour during the day

Sunshiner said...

Only problem is it's about a 45 minute bus trip to Temple Meads from here (with a 10 minute walk thrown in). However, it's better than nothing, so thanks for that! Still not up to having a train every hour that would be less than a mile away, albeit with a stiff walk at the other end.

If only they'd open Bristol to MN via Clutton as a cycleway on the bed of the old GWR line!