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!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

two things for today

Buried in the message board and comments sections are views that Chilcompton station site should be secured ASAP for future S&D use.

This is really something that we should be getting our teeth into. I would perhaps suggest that this is the first solid thing the New S&D should do once it is launched - to raise the funds for this purchase.

Part of the site is currently occupied by Massey Wilcox, a transport company. Before you utter a big sigh, they do boast on their lorries that they are 'rail connected'. This shows they are forward thinking as rail is the future for all freight. I'm sure they would be amenable to also becoming rail-connected at Chilcompton!

Another idea that came to me today is that ALL members of the New S&D should have the right to post DIRECTLY to this blog. This would be openness and democracy in action! What do you think?
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GMasterH said...

Go for it. Once the S&D is back in Chilcompton it will attract the local attention and get more supporters for the cause. Then it can begin re-laying the line up to Chilcompton Tunnel, which makes the cutting seem like less of an obstacle, bacause you won't have to re-lay the track into Chilcompton as it will be ready and waiting.

Anonymous said...

dont forget the septic tank, childrens play area, 40,000 ton infill, 4 extended back gardens and detached house that we need to overcome before we head back down the bank to the tunnels and the big bluebell railway sized infill, but we do need to get that station under our belt!