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!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

midford oil store

(Copyright Tom Seale)

Latest Midford report -

When the oil store is rebuilt it will need to be made pretty secure against break-ins and thefts.

It seems that only last week the Somerset Coal Canal Society just along the road at Combe Hay Locks had their store broken into and had equipment pinched - see attached link:

The loss of this item will cause them an inconvenience as they are tidying up the locks in preparation for an open weekend next weekend
The photo shows the location of the oil store which will hopefully be the first part of Midford station to be rebuilt. We may even be able to recover original building materials for it. Obviously this can't proceed until the planning permission is granted.
It will serve as a small lock up for tools etc, and promotional materials and display table/boards, until the main station building is finished.
It's great that we are now at the stage, less than a year since clearing started, of looking at the next steps, which will begin to see Midford station properly returning from the ashes of the mistakes of the 60s!
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Keith Browning said...

Here is a link to another 'little victory', although they have had problems with someone deliberately 'undoing' their work. A bridge is being rebuilt and the stone has been taken and wall disassembled. However, the locals are behind the project and its going to be finished in a year or so.


Keith Browning said...

oh and something a little more dramatic. Real progress in reconnecting large numbers of people to the main network.