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!

Monday, March 07, 2011

2016


I don't know how many of you have seen the article in the current Steam Railway - but it outlines a plan for a huge event on Sunday 6 March 2016. The idea is to have S&D engines in steam at all the S&D revived stations - Midsomer Norton, Shillingstone and Midford, hopefully also Spetisbury and who knows what other sites may be under restoration in five years' time?

The best thing about this is that it is drawing the S&D groups together, something we've pushed for since day one. This is the best news I've heard for a long time!
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7 comments:

richard said...

Brilliant! I'm off to pick a copy of Steam Railway now. Richard

richard said...

Brilliant! I'm off to pick a copy of Steam Railway now. Richard

Anonymous said...

Me too! Lets hope we (S&DRHT) can get to Chilcompton Tunnel halt by 2016, so that the long wished-for 9F has a decent run (and a run-round).

Sunshiner said...

You'll do it. You've proved over and over again that you can make things happen down there! There's five years yet ...

jazzfunkster said...

The reinstatement of the Silver Street in Midsomer Norton would open up a number of possibilities, like establishing a national rail connection at Radstock and a junction onto Bath via Midford. Who could imagine a new Radstock Junction station, these without a doubt would be exciting times!

Anonymous said...

Have you noticed the new wording on the Shillingstone site about not being part of the New S&D? Just seen it and the tone is nicer than the old one.

Sunshiner said...

Yes, great isn't it? The process of bringing the groups closer seems to be gathering pace. We are, after all, in this together!