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!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

new kid on the block

Once trains ran south from Salisbury via Fordingbridge to West Moors and on to Bournemouth, another route that, at Broadstone, intermingled with the S&D.

And now it looks like the line is beginning to stir. With Fordingbridge crazily off the network and potential for commuter traffic into both Salisbury and Bournemouth, this surely is a line whose time will soon come?

For more info click here.
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Brian said...

Use of the "S&DJR" lettering for the facebook stuff in your link is a bit surprising as some in a hurry could think it means what most of us would assume it means, not what the fine print says it means. Media savy and search engine friendly wants to distinguish this one even if done artificially in some way methinks? That aside and selfishly, ooh look more nice old pictures to browse. Cant get too many of those, like a junkie.

The wikipedia entry wants a look, if anyone else skims fb in a hurry may miss it:


The route plan alone is worth a thousand words failing to nail it.

Sunshiner said...

We don't have a monopoly on SDJR I'm afraid! The initials and colour are perfectly appropriate for the Salisbury-West Moors route, I'm not really sure what other initials/colour scheme they could use. Let's just wish them the best and hopefully one day we'll link up at West Moors!

Simon said...

Very early days yet! The 'logo' was knocked up in preference to a photo of a locomotive or similar and it was done in minutes. However, Salisbury & Dorset Junction Railway (S&DJR) IS the name of the line, apart from which it will very probably link up with the S&D at some point. The thing to remember is that we are very much working together and not at all in competition. There are things we can do for the New S&D and vice versa.

Sunshiner said...

Don't mind Brian! He's a little like the New S&D's Kraken, waiting to be released in times of stress and danger ...

Anonymous said...

I think the use of green is more appropriate as this line was part of the Southern Railway Empire more so than the S&D. It would be great to see this line reopen nice to see track back throught the station at Breamore. It such a shame the trackbed has been destroyed so much through Fordingbridge this being relatively recently.
The company seal is also not that interesting which is a shame not like the S&D or the Ringwood, Christchurch & Bournemouth Railway. The Salisbury only using the Company name on the Seal. It could have been interseting perhaps using the coat of arms of Salisbury and Dorset Oh well.

The line has a closeness to me as my Grandfather worked on the line, Just like to add that the bottom picture on page 105 in Nigel Bray, The Salisbury & Dorset Junction Railway is wrong it should read Charles Warr (Wally) at Verwood. I can remember him telling me he worked at the station's covering for others at times but his main station being Verwood. All the summer saturday trians from South Wales one Driver approaching the tablet too fast and nearly taking him with it. Also the Tank trains from Wool to Amesbury he having to step out of the way once giving the tablet as the Tanks overhanged the wagons and of course the rerouted Pines in 1960!
Just bring the line to life!

Mark Warr

(In memory of Charles Walter Warr 1913-2003)

Simon said...

I might have to borrow him then! Keep him reserve for when we reach Verwood! Actually, in all seriousness, Brian's comments are very welcome. Debate is good.

Brian said...

Theres nowt to beat a tad of Kraken "rousting up" to get a subject discussed by attracting interest! Worst possible is "Comments 0" which be media "FAIL". The logo is just fine and Simon, do as Churchill said of his wartime efforts, "KBO".

Simon said...

Don't worry Brian - I most certainly will KBO! You are not a fellow Yorkshireman like me by any chance? Just what we need - more like me (though of course ANYONE is welcome)! Interesting comment about Charles Warr by the way - I have that book too. Fordingbridge is going to be a challenge, but then the original station was not in the best place to start with. The trackbed on the approaches is still there, as is the bridge over Marl Lane, but beyond that the cutting has been filled and there is a housing estate/industrial estate all over it now. We'll get round it somehow - quite literally!