Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
media frenzy ... and more
Paul Perton has offered to handle the media for us from now on. We've deliberately kept a low profile up to now as we didn't want to bombard the press before things started happening, but with Midford now under our belt there certainly won't be a shortage of hard news! Even without a media officer we have had quite a bit of coverage in the railway press already. Paul is a media professional in South Africa but distance has never been a problem for fans of the S&D!
I think the most important thing to stress over the next few years is that the New S&D is a sustainable transport organisation about as far removed from the public's notion of 'railway preservation' as possible. Even a lot of railway types still haven't quite understood what we're about, despite the abundance of information available on this site.
We are already generating a fair amount of hard news, which is always of more interest than musings on what we plan to do in the future etc.
On a related point we will be contacting all the local authorities, parish councils, MPs and main businesses along the route in the new year to let them know our plans. Phase 2 of the S&D restoration should begin in earnest in 2011. A higher media profile and networking with the relevant people along the route will be a big part of that.