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!

Friday, July 24, 2009


I've got a host of posts lining up but still not recovered from swine 'flu so thought I'd just put a few teaser pics up to hold your interest and as an aide memoire!

Hopefully I'll get them done over the weekend.
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GMasterH said...

I've got one of these wretched guided busways coming to my town, in the place of an old railway line that is still in situ and could be restored at a cheaper cost.

Anonymous said...

which town is that? that featured busway is Cambridge - St Ives. i hope there isn't more of them, as we really are barking up the wrong tree!


GMasterH said...

Luton - Dunstable. Dunstable tried to get the railway back but we failled misserably in the face of the tyranical cock ups of Luton. Rail is the wat forward and our Government still does not understand that. It's no wonder they got us into this mess. They are only out for themselves and not for the people of Britain (You can't call it Great in the state that it is in!)

Geoffrey said...

To be fair to the govt, it is the Tory county council which is pushing the busway idea, just as is the case with Cambridge/St Ives. From what I've read the Dunstable scheme was thought to be dead until the council recently issued a call for tenders for its construction.

Anonymous said...

Of course, Dunstable, and like you say the Tories again. I suppose it’s hardly surprising as they were the instigators of Beeching, but they can't claim to be careful with taxpayer’s money when these schemes cost more than reinstating a railway? It is the same old road based ideology that has us fighting for oil.


Anonymous said...

maybe to get the money to restore the s+d we should pretend we're going to build a guided busway, and then use it to build a railway line....