Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
radstock 1967, 1968 and 2006
(Courtesy Jeffery Grayer)
Radstock was a classic location with two separate railways cutting through the town, offering services to Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol and Frome, as well as loads of freight. The top three shots are of coal workings from Writhlington to Portishead. Back in 67 and 68 these ran via Pensford, but the 1968 flood led to the closure of the line due to flood damage at Pensford. Surprisingly the A37 road, which also suffered major damage, was NOT abandoned. After the flood the section of line between Radstock and Mells Road was reopened for the Portishead coal traffic, a much more roundabout route.
The New S&D plans to restore the link to Bristol eventually, hopefully the superb viaduct is not too damaged by the 1968 flood. I suspect it was an excuse to close this valuable line rather than anything too scary!
Car drivers used to whinge about being caught at the crossings in Radstock, but at least they had the option of using the trains. Nowadays, in this strange hiatus between trains, it can sometimes take 20 minutes just to negotiate the double roundabouts near where the crossings used to be. As usual we have gone backwards.