(Evercreech Junction 1980)
At last restoration of the S&D has hit the mainstream. John Sargeant mentioned reopening of the S&D on BBC1's prime time 'One Show' yesterday.
Ten years ago it wasn't even mentioned, except in the hidden but very forward thinking constitution of the SDRHT at Midsomer Norton. But the idea has built over time. Parts of the S&D are now restored, so the first step has been taken. I think very few of the volunteers at these sites don't harbour at least a secret desire to see the whole line rebuilt! And with the founding of the New S&D and excellent member take up we really are now beginning to build the framework for full restoration of the line. What was perhaps once a pipedream, except for a few visionaries at Midsomer Norton, is now just an everyday thing, no big deal at all.
It's no longer 'if' it will happen, but 'when'. That doesn't downplay all the hard work that lies ahead of us, but it will clearly get easier every day. By working with the tide of future history rather than against it, failure simply can't happen.
So John Sargeant's mention is just the first of many. Once the information offices are open at Midford and Spetisbury things will really start rolling!
Direct link here.
From my hearing it looks like he has information we don't - he definitely declared that Bath to Bournemouth will be reopened in the next few years!