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!

Monday, March 09, 2009

blandford again

Site of the station - still room for a couple of tracks and platforms - and who'll need that car parking space in twenty year's time?

A little corner at Blandford that would suggest the line is still there and running!

Yet more rail surviving at Blandford!

From today these properties are being given the gift of planing blight! They will probably need to go when the line returns.

Typically since the launch date of the New S&D I've been knocked for six by a particularly vicious virus, so perhaps haven't given the launch the high profile it deserves.

But I have had lots of supportive emails and the first offers to join - expect more great news over the next few weeks!
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Mark said...

Get Well Soon, thier is alot of it about at the moment. Great website always interesting. Such a shame Blandford station gone. It would be good to get a group going to save the bridge abutment rebuild the bridge over the river. Relay it to double track but maybe grafted onto the side a pedestrian walkway

Sunshiner said...

There's already a group formed or being formed to save the remans of the bridge. I've done a post on this today (11 March 2009).

As always the New S&D support any venture, rail-based or otherwise, that will help preserve the right of way prior to the trains returning.