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, September 15, 2009

new s&d meeting this Saturday

Apologies to you all but our meeting this Saturday has had a change of venue thanks to Shillingstone being no longer able to offer us suitable meeting facilities (don't ask!!)

So we've switched it, very appropriately, to the RAILWAY HOTEL at Blandford, who have offered us the facilities for FREE! The landlord is very angry that Blandford is currently rail-less, a ridiculous situation that needs to change quickly. We all know that there is loads of pent up support for the trains returning, and the pub were only too keen to have us come along. The full address details are

Railway Hotel
Oakfield Street
DT11 7EX
Tel: 01258-456374

The meeting will be between 4pm and 6pm.

It's important that we all show that the return of the S&D will mean more money being spent along the route so please try to get to the pub/hotel a bit early so you can buy a drink or two!

This has definitive echoes of the first S&D pioneers and their inaugural meeting in a Blandford hotel that led to the construction of the Somerset Central - history repeating itself!
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