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!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

help wanted

Can anyone help Mick Knox with this one?

Any idea what bridge number this one is?

Between Ham Wood Viaduct – and Masbury.

Doesn’t appear the be on the bridge list, as Ham Wood is No75 & Someville’s bridge is No74?

So what am I stood on, anyone know?
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Anonymous said...

So what am I stood on, anyone know?

Terra Firma ?

intresting this one, as the bridge is long distance in this photo, is there a close up of the bridge ?
was it put up in last days / after closure ????

Sunshiner said...

I think Mick is trying to find out the number of the (underbridge) he's standing on, not the bridge in the far distance!

Anonymous said...

this was commander somervilles bridge 74 (single track) before they widened the line in 1886 and filled in the other side, replacing it with the double track overbridge 200 yards to the north. The bridge in the pic is actually on the btf film single line working, swarming with gangers.


Anonymous said...

the online bridge list isnt complete, its missing the remarks section and other details. I hand copied the combined info from the lswr/mr sr/lms and br(s)/br (w)registers in 1995 before starting at msn, in the days when we were still looking for a base!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was the bridge I was stood on that was confusing the issue. So in effect there are two bridges no74?


Anonymous said...

I will check my register. the old bridge 74 ceased becoming a bridge