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!

Friday, October 14, 2011

the rail thing

It's not just S&D! My railway interests are probably a lot more varied than most and I always get in trouble if I veer too far away from the S&D on this blog, so why not check out the Rail Thing to get a regular fix of the classic, unusual, evocative or informative?

1 comment:

Brian said...

Seeing Steve's "Rail Thing" Bournemouth Funicular piccies (Kraken shamed, was unfamiliar with that railway) its technically somewhat like the one in Copenacre. Thats single track and electric, with a simple blue painted cage on the platform meant for goods though a racing certainty some have enjoyed "deniable rides" on the slope shaft. There its simply called "The Transporter". Sadly its walled off at the top now and facing imminent entombment by tipping of mixed waste stone by Hanson. Tumbling chunks size of a car will smash the machinery if its unlucky and nobody will see it again for a lifetime or ever. All paid for in RN conversion with your sequestrated tax monies, now casually discarded in "peace dividend". I am not allowed to show you the photographs, Hanson would Grrrrr.