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 12, 2010

spetisbury facebook





Launched today is our facebook group for Spetisbury. As well as giving working members a forum to announce working parties, downloads pics etc it will also give the people of Spetisbury a focus for their views on the return of their railway and station.
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

1900 engineering built to last there! my friend mike ware clocked 96 from a BR 5MT with stones spedometer attached to the left rear driver through here. That was some well kept road, infact, the Spetisbury to Corfe Mullen section was the racing section of the S&D where engines could be worked flat out; the track was 109 pound flat bottom on concretes and was kept immaculate by the proud pway dept. Nick

Anonymous said...

One thing that always impressed me in photos of the S&D was the quality of maintenance of the permanent way and lineside. The normally unseen army of the S&D.

Knoxy said...

brilliant engineering...

can't wait to see a spaceship blast along there, and the more i read the news on this blog, the more i think i will.

sebastian said...

Hi There
This is all so exciting since I stumbled on to your blog. You have aquired midford station, and started clearing the site, then at spetisbury there is work about to start. not to mention midsommer norton and shillingstone, where track is being relayed, This is all going on in a difficult time where cuts are being made to services everywhere, so when things do get better in the economy, then just think what your group of dedecated band of vollunteers will be able to do then. your aim to get the stations restored first is a stroke of genius as they will provide some revenue to the project.

i wish this magnificent enterprise of the new S&D jtr all the best as this line when running again will be a true jewel in the crown of restored railways as the old line had some truly unique features.

well done

sebastian

sebastian said...

Hi There
This is all so exciting since I stumbled on to your blog. You have aquired midford station, and started clearing the site, then at spetisbury there is work about to start. not to mention midsommer norton and shillingstone, where track is being relayed, This is all going on in a difficult time where cuts are being made to services everywhere, so when things do get better in the economy, then just think what your group of dedecated band of vollunteers will be able to do then. your aim to get the stations restored first is a stroke of genius as they will provide some revenue to the project.

i wish this magnificent enterprise of the new S&D jtr all the best as this line when running again will be a true jewel in the crown of restored railways as the old line had some truly unique features.

well done

sebastian