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!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

success - and can you help?

Things have been really buzzing here the last few days with lots of new members joining as well as lots of you renewing your membership!

I've got a feeling that we're going to need a lot more hands-on help in 2010. With the purchase of Midford proceeding plus a real feeling that rail is now about to make huge strides forward I can see that there is going to be a vast increase in our workload!

Nothing formal at the moment but I suspect that the New S&D is going to need people to fill the following roles in 2010 -

Magazine Editor - RIGHT LINES needs a comitted writer and editor to pull together all the strands both within the New S&D and the wider S&D community

Membership Secretary - the New S&D really needs someone who can keep a track of new members, membership renewals etc, also be an advocate for the members

Sales Officer - once Midford is 'in the bag' we'll have a better idea of the funds available for setting up this important role within the New S&D

Liaison Officer - we're working more and more closely with the other groups on the route. It would be nice to have a single point of contact who is dedicated to building links with the other groups

Press Officer - this will be a very important role and we need somebody who can issue press releases and keep in contact with media along the route and further afield

If any of these roles interests you please contact leysiner@aol.com or better still come to our next meeting on April 24th (details on the sidebar)
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Anonymous said...

Is that photo of the entire population of child okeford, shillingstone and okeford fitzpaine rejoicing when the S&D is rebuilt and they can at long last get the train to bath or bournemouth?