Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
If there was any doubt in my mind that we should go for the purchase of Midford then that was soon allayed by the many messages of support - and the picture above.
What a gem this will be!
Yes, I know there's currently a cycleway on the trackbed, and that there was a previous preservation attempt here, but the world has changed enormously in the last ten years. We are not talking about shuttling a DMU up and down from nowhere to nowhere. We're talking about a stategic and low cost piece in a jigsaw, set in an area of amazing natural beauty with a huge catchment area of visitors within a ten mile radius. There won't be track of course (at first) but restoration of the buildings would be a great way of showing the world what we're about, and would allow us a focal point for fundraising etc.
Remember that the New S&D will be a genuine working railway, but this doesn't mean we ignore the past or particularly the history of the Old S&D. I personally believe that neat, manned stations are a huge improvement on unmanned bus shelters, and will encourage even more people to travel.
Pledges of monetary support (non-binding) are welcome at this stage. It's been suggested we issue shares on this particular site. Everyone's views are welcome. Please either post to comments, the message board or email me.