Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Thursday, May 29, 2014
2nd June 2014
"The John Woods S&D Collection" - Mike Beale
A selection from the S&DRT's archive of superb colour slides of the line taken by the late John Woods between 1958 and 1967.
7.30pm, The Scout Hall, Eagle House Gardens off Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford DT11 7BT.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Wickham had its engine turn over for the first time at the station. Clouds of black smoke issued forth and the station environment bounced to the beat of the engine.
The drains are sorted! (Until the next discovery.)
Cattle dock loading-bay was cleared of concrete sleepers. They were loaded for their move to the Blandford end of the Up platform to create the carriage siding.(Levels are now perfect.) Permanent way guys were seen gardening...well...sowing grass seeds on the bank.
More work on the garden railway and the garden took place. New signage is beginning to appear. 'Ladies' will hang above the loo(well the sign will) and we hope the new sign in the gents, 'Wet Floor' is a warning...not a command!
Friday, May 23, 2014
This weekend will be busy in the shop with or without customers. All the show stock has to go back in and lots of new stock awaits collection including :- 'The S&D From Above Part II', Robin Summerhill's 'Cycling The South Coast' Ivo Peter's 2015 calendar and more metal signs. (They were selling them for £25 plus at the show last week - maybe our £12.50 is too cheap?). Lots of railway gear has been donated so that will be priced and sorted....after a coffee and a slice of home-made cake from the café.
Plans for outside? The general maintenance programme is in full swing and weather permitting track-work?
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
We have now launched the MIDFORD APPEAL, which will be used to rebuild the station in its classic 1950s style at our site in Midford, fully owned by the New S&D via its property company, Wessex Links Ltd.
The target is £40,000 but this is just an estimate. This should provide enough for planning and design, materials, construction and services for the site. The initial intention is to rebuild the station building and the oil store.
All members are asked to get involved, either in fundraising, the physical work of rebuilding or admin for this standalone project. Ideally a manager for the Appeal (as opposed to Project Manager at the station site) would proactively promote the appeal through the railway, local and national press, radio etc and liaise with the New S&D board throughout the rebuilding. If interested in this post please email Steve Sainsbury on email@example.com
If you have any appropriate skills, for example fundraising, cost and material control, carpentry, bricklaying etc please contact on the above email or telephone Steve Sainsbury on 0117 3738973.
Cheques are welcome (payable to New Somerset and Dorset Railway) for the appeal, you can also Paypal to SDRHTSales@aol.com
We can also use STAMPS and COINS to raise money for Midford. All stamps are wanted - these can be sent in (any amount!) still on the paper, ideally leaving about 1/4" of backing paper around the perforations. Also all coins are welcome - old British pre-decimal, holiday money etc. Please do not mix coins and stamps together! These should be sent to New S&D Midford Appeal, 10 Bellamy Avenue, Hartcliffe, BRISTOL, BS13 0HW
We can also use (to resell) railway tickets, model railway items (anything!) and railway and transport books! Have a clear out AND raise money for Midford!!