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, August 10, 2010

still searching

We are still looking for somebody to take on the role of Midford Station Project Manager - the previous applicant has had to drop out for personal reasons.

We now have full access to Midford but it's important that somebody takes on the position to coordinate the restoration of this most iconic of railway locations. Initial work will simply involve stamping the site with a New S&D presence, even if that is just some signage and publicity information. The main part of the work will be the physical reconstruction of the station building in wood. This will then serve as an office, information point for the New S&D, other railway restorations, environmental projects and local groups and businesses, and an S&D shop.

As Project manager you will have a seat on both the board of Wessex Links Ltd and the New S&D, but you needn't get involved with any other aspect of the restoration other than at Midford itself.

Ideally the perfect Project manager wil live within a few miles of the site (Bath/Bristol/Radstock-Norton area) and have some experience in this sort of work. Enthusiasm is the most important quality however, and if you are new to this don't be afraid to apply! It is of course an unpaid position, and membership of the New S&D is a prerequisite.

This will be a fantastic project, in a superb location and famous the world over. It's only a tiny first step in what will surely be the most important and exciting rail restoration in the UK, if not the world.

To apply please email leysiner@aol.com or write to New S&D, 10 Bellamy Avenue, Hartcliffe, BRISTOL, BS13 0HW.
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