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!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Wincanton request

Can anybody help with the following request (please email any info to leysiner@aol.com)

I am interested in finding out where in Wincanton the rail track and station
are. I live in Wincanton and I don't know where it is I understand it was ripped up in 1968 or so.


Richard said...

The track ran roughly where Shadwell Lane and Cavalier Way are then due south - it's visible on Google Maps once south of the A303.

Carole Cross said...

There is a map on this website showing the town in 1885 with the track and station on the left hand side.

Brazil2044 said...

same as top comment
youll see it on google maps the embankment is visible
the track goes through hopkins onto cavilier way over west hill then north bound the station was in frount of the entrence to the wreck

Brazil2044 said...

same as top comment look for cavalier way
the embankment the otherside of the a303 is visable on google maps the track ran through hopkins
onto cavalier way then over west hill rd
the station was just infront of the entrence to the wreck