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, August 30, 2010

so wrong, so right

There's nothing that winds me up more at the moment than that awful Co Op Insurance ad that proclaims that 'your car is one of the family, it's part of you', and then proceeds to show pictures of gormless families with their cars that they've NAMED!!!!!!! To me this is evidence of mental instability ...

Locomotives of course are a totally different matter. For a start they are much longer lived, much more in the public eye and, many would claim, have a personality of their own. And they are very rarely given human names.

It does highlight the incredible difference between ephemeral private transport and almost permanent public transport. Public transport belongs to us all, even if we rarely use it, it unites us and brings us together. Private transport does pretty much the opposite. Your car isn't 'part of the family', it's something we would all rather do without. It's everyday, it's just a tool and it won't be around much longer.

Whatever next - cemeteries for cars? We can but hope LOL ...
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