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 07, 2011

shillingstone update

As a member at Shillingstone I get the magazine regularly but it seems that so much is happening that Chair Toby Watkins is having to send out an update. This is great news!

Don't forget the signalbox reopening on Saturday 15 October 2011. One of the station's last employees, Bob Downes, will cut the ribbon. The newsletter gives the time as 14.00 (not 14.30 as in a previous blog entry) so turn up nice and early and spend some money in their shop and/or tea room!

On Wednesday 12 October there will be a (members only) members' night at the Ox pub in Shillingstone. This will be from 19.00 onwards. This will be a drinking and ideas night by the sound of it!

With a half mile of track materials available they expect to lay enough by the end of the autumn to see track disappearing round the bend south of the station. The whole relaying is estimated at £30,000 (wonder what Network Rail expects to pay for half a mile of track?) so donations are always welcome!


Jim Type said...

In the late 1980s, Tidworth asked to be connected to the Ludgershall branch, only a mile and a half of track, & they wanted a million pounds a mile then!!!!

Sunshiner said...

A line I managed to travel on in the 70s on a BLS special!