Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
network destroyed ... but coming back stronger than ever
Member Mick Knox has just set up an email address for information on S&D land ownership.
He would like to appeal for information on ownership, state of land etc, current use, location etc, for the whole of the S&D route, together with other lines in the area. If he's successful with this he may move onto creating a national database!
He would like to create, for the S&D, a database covering the original land purchased by each railway company, price if known, its subsequent ownership until sale by BR, i.e. Southern region, Western region etc. What type of work carried out etc before closure. I.e. Louth Station (Lincolnshire) received a re-wire six months before closure; goes against closure savings!
He is especially interested in its sale by BR and price paid, together with any snippets, gossip etc concerning its non rail use, i.e. why it was sold etc, any stories, any deals?
And of course he want to know who currently owns it and what is its use, status etc? Also, very importantly, the mileages/chains of each plot of land.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are beginning to see the turning back of the insane and economically self-defeating Beeching cuts of the 1960s, the cruellest of which was the closure of the S&D. The networkdestroyed site should become a valuable resource for people researching this extraordinarily short-sighted transport blind alley in future years.
If you can help in any way with setting up the database for the S&D (and other routes) please don't hesitate to email the above address!