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, February 02, 2010

midford today

Three excellent shots taken today by Mick Knox.

Top shot contrasts with the wonderful shot of Midford on this blog's side bar. Notice that the breeze block wall to the left still exists! Hopefully we will be purchasing this site in the next few months, and will then be able to begin restoration work. Donations towards this are always more than welcome - please see the side bar.

Second shot is from the viaduct looking down on the Hope and Anchor pub, which will no doubt become an iconic railway pub with the restoration of the line! I suspect this will become the watering hole of preference for those of us engaged in the restoration work ...

Third shot is again from the viaduct with a view of part of Midford village. Once there were two stations here, the second being on the Limpley Stoke to Hallatrow line, which ran under the viaduct.

Reopening of the railway with a ten minute run into Bath should push up property prices in this idyllic spot!
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1 comment:

Knoxy said...


Give me chance to save up first, before you tell everyone! Seriously though, what a location? Two railways and a pub. Superb.