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Saturday, February 07, 2009
it's beginning to look a lot like Chilcompton
Top three Chilcompton station, bottom looking towards Chilcompton from tunnels. All Mick Knox.
Well, talk about letting events happen! I'm getting lots of support via this blog and emails for the proposal to look at restoring Chilcompton first as part of the New Somerset and Dorset Railway's remit. Although the New S&D will not be officially launched for nearly four weeks, it's nice to now that we will be hitting the ground running and firing off press releases right away with something solid to offer.
Personally I'd like to see us then acquire sections of trackbed, station sites etc between Chilcompton and Shepton Mallet, to make restoration of this section a lot easier when the time is right. Obviously any land acquired that is then needed by the Midsomer Norton group to extend train services will be released on a peppercorn rental basis, hopefully allowing them to reach Chilcompton proper a lot quicker than they would have otherwise done.
The Lynton and Barnstaple have cleverly used this idea to grab bits of trackbed as they became available, making the process of restoring their line far easier.