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, October 25, 2015

Shillingstone 25.10.2015


The wall is on the level and the repairs continue apace. Although John is tall even he will need a ladder or scaffold for the wall behind the shelter!

 The greenhouse in the background has had a good clear-out today and it looks like Rose approves.

You can't have too many token machines especially when offered one that originated on the station and came with original tokens for the whole line.

(Pics, text and captions via The Porter, Shillingstone station).

After a cold and wet Saturday where most volunteers volunteered to stay away, along with the public, although our new volunteers proved their mettle and set to on the café, shop, gardens and Ruston, today was manic. Brent Shore turned up at the station to sign/sell his book and they turned out in their thousands - probably to do with The Stickler run over the ten miles and three hills finishing at the station! With 5 volunteers in the café and 2 in the shop we still had difficulty keeping up! With all these volunteers tied up we still managed to have a gardening team and a large team on THE WALL! It is moving south....in a good way and a small group in the Signal Box.

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