Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Monday, April 12, 2010
Nice car shots for our pro-car anti-rail infiltrators (you know who you are!)
DISCLAIMER : We have no links with the New Somerset and Dorset Railway, and never have done.
We are NOT involved with them in ANY way.
We are also NOT involved with the
Midsomer Norton group, Gartell Railway, Washford or any other groups or
individuals, living, dead or undead.
But what we ARE involved with is our beloved SOMERSET AND DORSET RAILWAY. This blog has, does and always will support each and every venture, big or small, that exists to bring back this important transport link. It is true that I am Chairman of the New S&D; I have been Finance Director of the SDRHT, I am a life member of the SDRHT and a member of the NDRT. I also love animals, skiing, swimming and visiting other countries.
This is a BLOG, not a mission statement. It exists to inform and entertain. If you love the S&D then please read it, if you don't love the S&D why are you even bothering - you will NOT understand what we are about!
The New S&D (in my view) is NOT an 'environmental' group - if the idiots that have tarred us with that brush actually knew what they were talking about they would know that Peak Oil types and environmentalists DETEST each other! The New S&D (in my view) does not exist to bring people's dreams to life. It exists to bring back the S&D as a freight and passenger line that makes a profit. That time is not now, but it is probably a LOT closer than most of us think. We will proceed (in my view) in a cold and unsentimental manner and acquire land and property to make this easier. We will also pester national, regional and local politicians to make sure that OUR line is the top of the queue when rail reinstatement starts in earnest. We will also (in my view) do all we can to retain the atmosphere, infrastructure and culture of the OLD S&D, where it does not conflict with wider economic requirements. And we will (in ALL our views) do everything we can to accomodate current and future heritage groups that already have a toehold on the route, and continue to recommend joining those groups to anyone who wants to get their hands dirty rebuilding railways and driving steam and diesel locomotives.
Now, can I make it any clearer????