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!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

midford - discuss ....


(Click on picture to enlarge and read text).

This is a plan for Midford put forward by George M Howard, who has recently created the Pines Express and Evening Star Facebook groups. This was merely a 'thought experiment', dreamed up before there were any plans to restore Midford. I do wonder if once we start work at Midford, which is now imminent, a trackless station will soon be too little, and thoughts will switch to laying track? Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

Knoxy said...

I like the idea of showing the progress of all groups along the line in the New S&D headquarters at Midford. I should imagine the foot fall past there would be quite high, and a very good location to publicise the full Somerset & Dorset railway...

Steve the map needs to be bigger for people to read the text. Well on my computer anyway....

Knoxy

Sunshiner said...

If you click on the map you should be able to blow it up in your photo viewer. If I get a chance today I'll add the text to the post.

GMasterH said...

A basic demonstration line to offer short rides will provide a working example to the public and help to show BANES Council thay we're serious. The old goods yard will be an ideal location for locomotive and rolling stock storage. I found Car Services UK deal in locomoties and rolling stock including Mk1's and for larger mainline diesel disposals End of the Line is a good one. An 08 is the only class historically acurate to the line from demolition trains but the class could be able to redeem itself by helping to re-build the line.

GMasterH said...

My main concern is with moving locomotives and stock onto the site. Road acess isn't exactly top notch around there. However in Wellow the trackbed passes through what has become and industrial store so srcticulated lorries can get in and out so perhaps where track laying is concerned we should work up to Midford from Wellow. that would mean that trains will be running over one of the most impressive sections of the line in no time at all.