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!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

strimming at Midford 9.6.2011

Report from Stuart Seale, one of our Midford heroes. Apologies for the delay in getting this on! It's great to see that young people are getting involved in restoring a transport link that will be far more important to them than us!

Tom and I went down to Midford tonight and tried out our new strimmer. We were successful in taking down a lot of weeds on the platform, which should make the digging out a lot easier.

We were then joined by a group from the 10th Bath Combe Down Scout Group who were working towards their Forestry badge. Although youngsters they enthusiastically managed to clear a lot of trees (we did make sure that there were no nests in the ones taken down).

We are playing host to the Scouts for the next two Thursdays as well as different groups come down to play their part.

1 comment:

Knoxy said...

strimmers are brilliant. you can achieve that 50's look in a very short timescale.

Midford will be transformed and i can't wait to pop down and see it again...

well done, keep it up lads....