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!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Help needed at Midford

The Two Tunnels Group is unveiling an information board on the station on Saturday July 29 2017 at midday. Is anyone available to go up to the station a day or two before, or even early on the morning to tidy up the area around where the board is (it is in place but covered up) so that the area is nice and clean? Please let me know if you can by emailing leysiner@aol.com

All members and supporters are of course welcome to attend the unveiling on the day, it's a joint venture between Two Tunnels, Sustrans and the New S&D. The board is one of several being erected along this part of the route to give info on the line and the cycleway, and they also direct potential new members to the New S&D!

1 comment:

Richard Carter said...

I recently drove from Poole to Shaftesbury, until well after Blandford the road parallels the route of the S&D it is one of the most inadequate and potentially dangerous roads in southern England,I am astonished that the S&D was closed in preference to this road which to replace would cost many times more than reinstating the Railway the trackbed of the S&D not suitable for any conversion thank heaven!