6th March used to be a date when all S&D fans used to grind their teeth or, worse, shed a tear or two. But I think we can begin to put those shows of nostalgic negativity behind us.
True, the S&D was closed on that date back in 1966, but it's now clear that that was a temporary closure. It took a while for rebuilding to begin, but there are now 4 sites along the line, with another due to start shortly, that are being developed. New lengths of rail seem to be going down every weekend, sometimes at all three sites with rails!
There are now 7 or 8 locomotives based on the route together with plenty of passenger and goods stock. There are over 1000 people who are members of some or all of the groups.
These are the first footholds on the route. These sections are now safely preserved for rail, as is the quarter of a mile of trackbed at Midford.
6th March doesn't really matter any more. The dates that will matter are the reopening dates of each section as it becomes viable.
Once the S&D was described as 'Sabotaged and Defeated'. Sabotaged perhaps, but certainly not defeated. It's my firm belief that it was the disgusting and craven way the line was closed that will ensure that it has an amazing future.
It's not going to be easy or smooth bringing the whole route back - but it's return is certain.