Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Monday, October 04, 2010
next stop spetisbury
Great news for our Dorset members - now we've safely saved Midford as a railway location for ever we are now in negotiation with Dorset County Council to take over Spetisbury. Aim here is to restore the station to 1950s style and, as at Midford, set up a shop and information office for the whole route. There is of course ample opportunity here to lay a single line of track, perhaps to demonstrate a Parry People Mover at a later date.
The two currently most important sections of the S&D are Midsomer Norton to Bath and Blandford to Poole. Both routes should really already be operating regular passenger and freight trains, with a catchment population well over 100,000 excluding Bath and Bournemouth. Hopefully soon both stretches of line will have a magnificently restored station acting as an information centre for the route. This will help bring about the restoration sooner rather than later.
We'll shortly be launching a Spetisbury Appeal to raise funds to restore the buildings, and hopefully set up work parties in the not too distant future, once we have secured the site.