Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Saturday, April 14, 2012
(Article courtesy Jim Type)
This is today's news - think of the logistical effort involved in an event like this - and this is to a line that doesn't event connect to the Network!!
This shows all the untapped potential of the S&D - imagine the scale of a similar event on the S&D in the future, with locos based on the line being joined by locos from outside. It's always been clear that loco owners will be banging on our door to use their locos over the Mendips and through the Stour Valley, or double heading over Midford viaduct. THIS is why the New S&D exists, in addition to running normal freight and passenger trains. There is HUGE untapped potential on the S&D, on a totally different scale to that which any other line can offer.
Remember, if we allow the Network to rebuild the line nothing like this will happen. Existing restoration groups (including the New S&D) will simply be removed from the line, stations will be utilitarian and few and far between, trackbed properties will be compulsorily purchased and train services won't reflect the needs of people living on the route. There'll be no cheap rate special tickets for locals, and freight won't be developed properly. And forget ever recreating classic S&D scenes, a mix of Health and Safety rules, prison style lineside fencing, basic buildings and lack of marketing will ensure this could never happen.
Congrats to the Llangollen Railway for this amazing show - a glimpse into the future!