Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Saturday, October 08, 2011
midford from new angles
The small road above the station has been transformed by the clearing of the bank on the right. Villagers walking up here now have a superb view above the valley!
This is the gate at the front in the first picture. It has a convenient sign erected by a mysterious benefactor - it is even ina shade of SR green!
This small gate leads to the steps that reach the platform about a third of the way along. It may well form the main access in the future once trains are running again, but it's believed that this was NOT the passenger entrance during the line's original operation, but was used by staff only.
The view down the steps to the platform - this has all been cleared over the last year.
The restoration at Midford has opened up many new vistas around the station. Whilst never an eyesore the station site was quite overgrown when we arrived, and the bank in particular was very overgrown. The whole site is now opened up and it's clear to see why this was considered as possibly the most beautifully sited station in England.
There's a flat space at the top of the bank which may have been previously used to grow vegetables - this is certainly something we'd like to restore in the future! This melding of built environment, sustainable transport, organic food and superb countryside will become a defining feature all along the S&D, all very 21st century.