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!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

coach trip to shillingstone

(Courtesy NH/IH)

When I was last down at Shillingstone in February there was a lot of talk about setting up a buffet coach, both to serve people visiting the station and passing trade from the Trailway.

Well this is the coach, a Long Marston mark one TSO destined for Shillingstone cattle dock as a buffet seating area within the next 12 months. It's currently painted Southern green one side, BR corporate blue and white the other. Guess which side looks best!

This will look fantastic when restored - we are missing Southern green on the S&D (apart from the rake at Gartell of course!) and this is probably the most emotive rail livery of all for me as I grew up on the Southern Region in the 60s, albeit on the electrified system.
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GMasterH said...

Just a small question but does the S&D and Midsomer Norton have any plans for more coaching stock as if services are iminent then should there not be more progress in this department?

Sunshiner said...

Thee is a second coach currently being worked on off site. Once it arrives it will form the second coach of the two coach rake which will be all that's needed at first. The other coach which is on site is fitted with push and pull equipment so that trains will not need to run round. I think this coach still needs to be turned so that the driving compartment is at the right end of the train, but I may be wrong!

Obviously as the line extends and services increase further coaching stock wil be brought in.

GMasterH said...

Thats good. I do get concerned from time to time about the lack of passenger stock on the site.