Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Friday, April 02, 2010
This is Nick Howes' projection of the locomotive shed/workshop that will be built at Shillingstone. It will be used to generate funds for the rebuilding of this stretch of the S&D based around Shillingstone station, and is the key to the location operating successfully into the distant future.
It is nice to know that eventually locomotives will be brought in by rail rather than road, the ultimate indignity! It is good that people are thinking far ahead into the future and helping to transform purely 'heritage' set ups into something far more vital - businesses that will offer employment and employment opportunities particularly in rural areas. Our country's future will be built on small, sustainable business initiatives tapping into future needs.
There does seem to be a whole new vitality at Shillingstone these days. I'd like to think that's partly because of the New S&D, but I'm probably wrong! However that is one of the main purposes of the New S&D - to make new initiatives (like the Sturminster Rail Group) as well as the existing S&D set ups feel there is something bigger behind everything we do. I expect a lot more groups and initiatives to spring up along the line now we are all working towards the same objective.