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 17, 2011

midford 1987 and 2010

Two excellent shots copyright Brian Clarke.
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First is from the Midford platform end on the afternoon of Wednesday 27-10-10 with Tom's excellent bonfire site visible as a white patch to the right.

Second is the same view as seen 9-9-87. Most notable is the patch of sky at top right, you could see a long way down the valley in those days. At left you may notice some breezeblocks stacked which were from building the wall at Hope&Anchor carpark. The loco was dressed up to look like a GWR pannier tank by (if I remember correctly) a company at Stratford upon Avon, before delivery to the tourist line in Cotswold Wildlife Park. Thats why it is lettered "CWLP" on the side. It was built at Bedford in the 1950's for Anglian Water.


Anonymous said...

Cool, are there any more pics of this narrow gauge railway. Would be a nice little tourist attraction now. Why did it close exactly?

Sunshiner said...

I suspect Brian may have some more, but it may take a while before they surface!

It closed because it was built without planning permission, I think anyway!