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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
These are the remaining arches of the bridge that carried the S&D across Langton Meadow, south of the town.
There are plans to start a group to preserve this part of the S&D. Apparently the arches are already something of a tourist attraction, so are seen as having potential and value as they are.
Latest info I have is from the Western Gazette from 2 January 2009, but I've also requested an update to get the latest news.
The Western Gazette article is reproduced below.
A STEERING committee has been set up to progress the formation of a charitable trust dedicated to the preservation of the old railway arches on Langton Meadow in Blandford.
More than two dozen people attended a meeting last Wednesday to further the project, when town councillor and Blandford Museum education officer Sylvia Hixson Andrews gave a presentation on the way forward.
She said the arches already brought visitors to the town, as was evidenced by people calling at the museum to find out about the Somerset & Dorset railway.
Museum railway club founder members David Cash and Bob Downes, together with museum archivist Pam le Bas, a representative of the Shillingstone Railway Station project, and David Mason agreed to meet again on Thursday 15 January to draw up objectives and officer nominations which could be put to a further meeting of prospective trust members on Thursday 5 February.
Mrs Hixson Andrews said it would be important to find a treasurer, since if the project went ahead to restore the arches and develop a rail trailway or any other visitor attractions, the trust would be handling substantial funds.
FOR information, or to get involved in the project, call David Cash on 01963 364162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org