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!

Friday, February 18, 2011

chilcompton sparks


Everyone's getting on the S&D train so it seems.

Coming from Hornby is this excellent train set (is it okay to call it that)? The box will show the picture of a West Country emerging from Chilcompton amidst a lineside fire. The set will contain a West Country and three ex-LMS coaches - very S&D. More here.

Sorry for the lack of posts recently - special apologies to Julian, Brian, John and David who have sent me blog material this week. I'll try to do it over the weekend. I've been having sight problems the last week or so and find it hard to work at the computer. Hopefully this is a temporary thing.
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello there,

I have a question for the webmaster/admin here at somersetanddorset.blogspot.com.

May I use part of the information from this post above if I provide a link back to your website?

Thanks,
Alex

Sunshiner said...

Yes, of course you can.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshiner, as a lifetime bearer of significant sight problems, I hope and wish that your condition has spent the last week improving towards full health. The New S&D needs you, whilst the ranks of the sight impaired do not! Best regards.

Sunshiner said...

Thanks for your concern. Being diabetic I have to be careful with my sight, but it looks like it's 'just' due to severe hay fever with double vision most of the day. Hopefully it'll clear as I adjust to the pollen but it has made it very difficult to work at the computer!

I'm just a tiny cog in the S&D restoration fortunately!

Tom Seale said...

Sorry to hear you are suffering, I never got it until 5 years ago, since then every year has me taking tablets and eyedrops. There is some speculation that the apparent increase in hayfever is due to pollution, "dirty pollen" if you will. All the more reason for rail transport eh?
Going down to Midford again tomorrow for a clean up and burn up. Will keep you posted.