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!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

pre-bratislava update

Sorry I've been rather quiet over recent weeks - business has been busier than ever!

I'm off to Bratislava tomorrow for five days so thought I'd just round up things.

The transfer of ownership of Midford should be completed within a week or so.

Right Lines 2 will go out the week after next. Unfortunately I underestimated the amount of ink I'd need so it's only half printed! I now have the ink but not the time!
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1 comment:

John D said...

Just found your blog and site - fantastic stuff!

I happened to be travelling from Bristol to Poole at the weekend (by car) and it occurred I might be near the S&D (I know about it thanks to a TV prog on Ivo Peters some years ago). To my amazement I found myself right next to a set of brick arches being turned into a house! Part of the S&D no doubt.

Well I was fascinated to read of the plans to bring it back - its astonishing a national asset like this could be torn apart the way it was. Much the same with the Great Central near to where I live and many others - heinous crimes all. I really hope this happens and we can enjoy it again one day!