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, October 03, 2011

bournemouth's other station

(Both courtesy Jim Type, copyright C L Caddy Collection)

S&D trains for Bournemouth terminated at Bournemouth West station, a classic Southern terminus which was full of character, and convenient for the beach and hotels.

Sadly Bournemouth West was closed before the main line, in 1965.

Perhaps seen as surplus at the time, when people seriously believed that railways were on their way out, Bournemouth West would be very useful today, freeing up space at Bournemouth Central and allowing extra services to the east and west (and soon to the north as well!) Much of the track remains serving the EMU depot. Capacity, not demand, will clearly be the problem in the future as more and more abandon their cars for the trains. Perhaps Bournemouth West will return quicker than most of us suspect, giving Bournemouth a second major station that it can really be proud of!

1 comment:

Brian said...

Wow, more nice monochrome history pics - what a treat, we are so spoiled Steve like kids being given sweeties.

You may have noticed mention on here of my pal Tim and hopefully enjoyed a few his pictures showing excellent new investment on "the Railway", as he calls it. Well he just sent round this message (below with attachment shown) today, and as there seems to be a Special Edition which you can only order if get in there quick, hope Steve wont mind me just bunging it on here? Tim says all of his fee goes to a pukka charity cause, too.

I had not heard of this before today, Tim you are a "Dark Horse".

Brian (thats "Brian-C" if you are on the DP/Urebex/28DL hotbeds)

Dear all,
You may recall an e-mail from me a few weeks ago, telling you of the new photo book on the North Cotswolds ‘OWW’ route ( Worcester to Oxford ) that I have co-authored. It is in the Silver Link Publishing ‘Then & Now’ series. Whilst the standard soft cover version of the book has now been launched (as of just over a week ago), the purpose of this e-mail is to let everyone know of the Subscribers Limited Edition opportunity.

Basically, the standard version had to go to press before the August blockade, which saw the final section of the OWW redoubled between Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham, so the publisher has offered us the opportunity to produce a Subscribers Special Edition of the book, which will feature an additional 32 pages, including photos of the August blockade and train operations on the new double track since then.

Some of you have already very kindly expressed an interest in the Special Edition, but I am hoping that there may be a few more of you out there who have yet to decide, given that the publisher’s deadline for ‘go/no go’ with the special edition is 7th October (ie. next Friday!).
I am donating 100% of my fee to charity (Alzheimers Society) and have no other connection with the publisher apart from the production of this book.

I have attached more information on both versions of the book. Please could you also pass this information on to any colleagues in Network Rail or train operators, who you think might be interested. The Special Edition will be a lasting memento for everyone associated in any way with the Cotswolds Redoubling project.
Many thanks,
Kind regards,
Tim Maddocks,
Customer Service Manager,
Network Rail, West Country Area
07771 672661

New book on The Cotswold Line – ’Past and Present’
Tim Maddocks, Customer Service Manager for West Country Area has been working with railway author John Stretton and Silver Link Publishing (‘The Nostalgia Collection’) to produce a new pictorial record of the Oxford to Worcester line. In common with other books in the popular ‘Past and Present’ series, this new book will show views of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway (OWW) line, taken during three distinct periods: pre-singling (before 1971) / the ‘single track’ era (1971 to 2011) / and the newly-redoubled route post-June 2011. Many of the latter-day photos have been taken from the same viewpoint and angle as the older views, enabling the reader to see with great clarity how the line has changed over the years. There are also photos taken during the key redoubling blockades in 2009, 2010 and 2011.Two editions/versions of this book are planned. The standard version was published on 24/9/11 and features a soft-back cover with over 200 black & white and colour illustrations. It coss £19.99 (plus P&P), available from any good bookseller or alternatively directly from the publisher:

The NOSTALGIA CollectionThe Trundle, Ringstead Road,Great Addington, Kettering,Northants NN14 4BWTel/Fax: 01536 330588email: sales@nostalgiacollection.comWebsite: www.nostalgiacollection.com