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!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

telegraph 37

Just received today is the latest edition of Midsomer Norton's S&D Telegraph. This is even better than usual, and covers the running of the first public trains, a momentous event in the history of the revived S&D.

You know me, I'm a Midsomer Norton fanatic and absolutely love the place. They've done an amazing job down there over the last ten years or so. I'm proud to say that I was very involved there before my family circumstances changed, serving on the board for several years, and loved every minute of it.

The magazine has to be the best in preservation - I always read it from cover to cover and there's never any 'filler' in it. Even the historical articles are excellent. Great stuff!

The editorial leads on the need for MN to bring in more volunteers. I'd urge any of you to get involved down there if you can - it's a great place and a fantastic location to be doing such important work. Remember that as a member at MN you get the Telegraph free, it's also available to non-members for just £2.95.

I'll certainly try to get down there myself to help out this year. I really miss the place.
Posted by Picasa


Chris Warren said...

Just read my copy from cover to cover, it's a great mag and a credit to the organisation. However, I find it rather petty and pathetic that not one mention is made of the work going on at Midford! We're all after the same thing for God's sake!

Sunshiner said...

To be fair to them they don't mention Washford or Gartell either, though Shillingstone's new mag does get a well-deserved mention.

But I don't get it either. Of course we all want the same thing. No doubt they will run a big piece on us soon. It's pretty momentous after all, but perhaps they just think it's too big or ill-defined a story at the moment?

Let's get that station building up and some track panels laid - with Spetisbury not far behind!

Knoxy said...

No doubt my copy will arrive later when i'm at work, but i always enjoy reading of one of the best railway magazines out there...

i wouldn't worry about Midford, it will be in there soon, as you can't ignore what's happening on the S&D route?

I'm looking forward to the beginning of the Spetisbury return!

and whatever comes next?