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!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

midford today

A very good day up at Midford. There were four of us there, not bad for a Wednesday afternoon! Consequently we got a lot done, including clearing the whole of the wall that stood behind the station building. Covered in ivy, the brickwork once cleared looks almost new. We also cleared a good part of the platform edge and I did a little more exploring, finding a lot of varied brickwork, and plenty of work for the coming weeks!

Only downside is the need to get to Midford using 20th century transport - the road is dreadful! It's very ironic that I need to use a dying mode of transport to reach what will become the main way of getting around in the future - but which is currently devoid of track!
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Anonymous said...

I have to echo your comments that the platform facing brickwork looks in remarkably good condition!

yamfaz said...

I'm thinking of coming down on Saturday 30th October. I've put a message on the 'Wall' of the Facebook group site. If anyone is interested please let me know. I can take 3 others in my car.