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!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

today (Sunday 4.3.2012) at midford


If you can try to get up to Midford today (4 March 2012) to help out. I think there will be a big burning session and there're rumours of sausages for lunch!


Eddystone said...

If only sunny Folkestone was closer-I can smell the bonfire and the sausages now!
Were the stps down to the platform an original staff or passenger access?

Sunshiner said...

Not completely sure but I think this was the original passenger access though it also gives access (not directly) to the station master's house. The car park by the Hope and Anchor is a post closure development.

Knoxy said...

When i spoke to the last stationmaster last month, when cutting back the trees, he told me the steps did indeed go straight up to the stationmasters house....

Stuart Seale said...

Mr Cooper (the Stationmaster) clarified that the access to his house was via the first "landing" which he has now walled off with a dry stone wall. The main steps were public access.
Regards, Stuart Seale