Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Well Midsomer Norton have finally done it and are running trains on a regular basis, starting tomorrow at 11am. (Details in the superb poster above).
(There were a couple of earlier running days in September but these were kept deliberately low key, to get the feel for things).
Midsomer Norton was always the inspiration for the New S&D and the whole site is fantastic, a real credit to everyone who has helped it happen.
It really is a historic day as this is the first time the public have been able to travel on a standard gauge train on the S&D since the Radstock group moved to Washford in the 1970s. It's been a long time coming, and everyone deserves to travel on this fantastic route. This is yet another one of those small steps at different locations that proclaims loudly to the outside world - the one that still sits complacently and firmly in the 20th century - that the ridiculous closure of the S&D in 1966 was only temporary and that the line is coming back, yard by yard, mile by mile, town by town. The S&D is no longer a dead route but a living, breathing icon for the 21st century!