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!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

each a glimpse ...

This was the surprise visitor at Shillingstone over the weekend. It can be glimpsed in each of Dave Clark's pictures - it was of course the Dukedog en route to the Bluebell Railway.

(All pictures © Dave Clark)


Anonymous said...

Great pictures but the wrong company.
Pity it wasn't a 7F!

Sunshiner said...

A 7F will be along soon enough! And if it's good enough for the LBSCR it's good enough for the S&D!

Anonymous said...

Rivalries run long and deep!!!but it is time to put all that behind us,I agree.

Anonymous said...

i doubt they will ever see a 7f there. not enough volunteers with the savvy to make it a viable concern and too much nimby and cyclepath lovers interferance at the slightest noble suggestion of undoing the beeching era wrongs

Sunshiner said...

LOL! Nimbys will vanish like poisoned weeds once they realise they can't afford to run their cars any more. They'll be bellowing for the return of THEIR railway. And the New S&D may be first and foremost a modern sustainable transport system but there's too much history within the S&D fraternity/soriety to put the brakes on running heritage specials as well. There will be a
7F running there sooner than most of us dare hope! Perhaps even pulling a paying freight train ...

This is the world we're rapidly moving towards.

rustonusa said...

there WILL b a 7f there sooner then you think mr howes :)