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!

Monday, April 26, 2010

spetisbury again

Nick Howes joins Ian Harrington on the down platform.

Paul and Kate Beard look towards Bournemouth.

Kate Beard, Debby Sainsbury and Ian Harrington contemplate the task ahead ...

Overview of the station - impressively intact after 54 years of disuse.

The highlight of the weekend - in railway terms anyway - was the after-meeting trip to Spetisbury, which was a spur of the moment decision made after half the attendees had left!

We still need agreement from the council but it's highly likely that work parties will begin very soon, as we've already been given informal permission to do this. Remember we have a Spetisbury Facebook group where news will also be posted.
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Anonymous said...

Mr & Mrs Beard are looking towards Blandford, not Bournemouth !
Mr & Mrs Howes little boy seems to be having a wee wee on the down platform ????? (if not, he looks sus there. lol )

great pics Steve

Sunshiner said...

You're right of course - they are looking north to Blandford.

And wee Nicky Howes has been sent to bed early for defiling the down platform.

Knoxy said...

another project for the S&D pioneers....

Anonymous said...

the idiots at shillingstone (bless them, they've killed 7 years of work there)cant stop me working at spetisbury with their backwards bullshit. nick