Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
expanding the network
(All Salhouse, on the Cromer and Sheringham line)
(Info courtesy Keith Browning)
Tomorrow (11 March 2010) Oliver Cromwell (the loco, not the 17th century Parliamentarian) will ceremoniously reconnect the North Norfolk Railway and the Network via the new link joining the two railways at Sheringham. This tiny piece of missing track has remained just a dream for decades, no doubt due to the small-minded dinosaurs that still haven't got the fact that railways are on the march again. Hopefully this will serve as a model for the Midsomer Norton group's reattachment to the network via the Frome line.
Now this gap was tiny and the cost of connecting the two lines miniscule, but for years the NNR remained isolated, just because of a road! I think it does underline the fact that the biggest obstacle to rail reinstatement is often not economic or practical, but in the minds of those people that haven't 'got' Peak Oil yet. Obviously more are 'getting it' every day which is why these reinstatements are getting commoner and commoner.
I would like to see regular tourist and enthusiasts' specials accessing the route, but wouldn't it be excellent if the current Network services running to Sheringham continued to Holt? That would be real progress! Then onwards to Melton Constable and Norwich ...