Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Saturday, April 04, 2009
donate - steam centre
Yesterday was really Midsomer Norton's day, so I've waited until today before setting up new donation buttons for specific aspects of the New S&D.
We are now getting new members most days (2 yesterday) so know we are doing something right. Suggestions for development of the New S&D are coming from members as they join. Early on it was suggested that we acquire a site en-route to develop as a steam centre.
It's important to stress what we mean by this. It doesn't mean we're going into the heritage business! It means that we fully appreciate the importance of the S&D as a historic steam route, and that steam traction will play a definite role, and will be an irresistable draw, on the New S&D. We would love to see regular steam operation on part or all of the line, both using classic locomotives and new build wood burners. This would mean a mix of regular scheduled services and all-line specials. The Steam Centre would exist as partly a visitor attraction, with dining and sales facilities on site; and principally as a place where steam locomotive owners can securely base their locomotives on the S&D.
To start the ball rolling I have set up a Paypal button so you can donate specifically for this cause.