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, April 11, 2011

the queue starts to form

Where the S&D leads others follow - and this is one of the reasons it is so important for us to get at the head of the queue when the Great Rebuilding starts!

The Woodhead route was certainly one of those lines that should never have closed!

Reopen the Woodhead Line Campaign                    contact info@savethewoodheadtunnel.org.uk

The principal objective of this campaign group is to promote the re-instatement of an ideally electrified railway between Manchester and Sheffield via the Woodhead tunnel. In March, the group hosted an illustrated talk by John Quick of the Great Central Railway Society on the history of the line up to the present day - over 60 people were there to see John‟s brilliant collection of slides.

The Reopen the Woodhead Line Campaign has announced a further meeting for Thu 26 May: a Local Rail Campaigners Summit, to be held at the Guide Bridge Theatre in Manchester. This will focus on the current situation and the project to restore the line as well as other campaigns at Denton and Reddish South. There will also be an event in July commemorating the 30th anniversary of the line's closure, with activities in both Manchester and Sheffield, a folk train and a challenge to cycle or walk to the line's mid point.


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