Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Thursday, October 06, 2011
The floor in the station building has deformed considerably since 1966 - it will need to be totally relaid.
This was the original way in to the station, from the small lane that runs above it. The steps are now cleared, I suspect we'll need to add a handrail on the side when the station is open again.
After a morning with the strimmer, Tom and Stuart have recreated the classic look of S&D cuttings and embankments. If everything fell apart tomorrow this single recreation will have made the whole effort worthwhile! A year ago this was a small wood.
One of the classic S&D views that clearance of the bank now reveals. In the middle distance, slightly to the right, is an overbridge that served the Camerton-Limpley Stoke line. This shot really brings home what the S&D was all about - a main line running through England's finest scenery. We really have the bit between our teeth now, can it really be that many years before trains are running through the site again?
As a visitor forecefully said yesterday 'This is crazy. This should be the main tourist attraction in this part of the world'.
Given a few years' time we'll turn the clock both back and forwards, and make sure that is exactly what it does become, as well as a top notch service for freight and passengers all along the route.