Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Some views from the future railway around Midford - all courtesy Mick Knox.
A few points about Midford - so that everyone knows what's going on there!
Midford will be restored - subject to planning approval - to 1950s condition. It will serve as an information office for the WHOLE route, and will have an office, some sales items (books, souvenirs etc) and perhaps models of the area, plus a full information point for the station, line and area.
EVENTUALLY it will become a wayside station on the New S&D with regular passenger services to Bath and Bournemouth.
Until trains are viable (possibly 10-20 years' time) track will not be laid except for cosmetic purposes. The cycleway will continue as before and is fully supported by the New S&D.
Volunteers are welcome to go up to Midford at any time to do restoration work - but please bear the following in mind!
Please under no circumstances park in the Hope and Anchor car park at any time, even when the pub is not open. There is plenty of car parking on Twinhoe Lane, by the gate that gives access to the cycleway. From there it is a very pleasant walk to the station over the viaduct! Please carry tools etc by hand.
Please email or phone me first just so I know there is somebody there and to give you an idea of what work needs to be done.
Within a few weeks we will have New S&D reflective jackets available. Please wear these whenever possible.
You are an ambassador for the line. Please talk to anyone who is interested in the line and if you have them please hand out leaflets. Be friendly and professional at all times!
Please keep the cycleway clear of tools etc at all times.
Please take ALL litter etc home, including cigarette ends.
Please respect all the wildlife in the area, always check if clearing that you are not destroying a nest etc. If in doubt please leave well alone.
Please use the Hope and Anchor pub for drinks and food!