S&D - DMU at Midsomer starts passenger services

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  1. 11D

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    The S&DJR at Midsomer Norton station is now able to provide passenger services to visitors with the addition of a 108 DMU - 46 years after closure and removal of the line. Regular services to be run from April to September 2012.

    DMU on trail - Dec 2011

    More info from the Trusts' main website: http://www.sdjr.co.uk/

    Member updates, photos, video on the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/somersetanddorsetrailway

    Station open to visitors throughout closed season each Sunday and Monday.
     
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  3. ACE1888

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    For me, the 'Holy Grail' of all things preserved, so pleasing to see parts of the S&D coming back to life...:D
     
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    Is there another station for the DMU to run to?
     
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    Not yet and not for a while I suspect (Silver Street bridge adjacent to the MN station is missing) but progress in recent years has been good and steady. I think it was such a shame that this line was allowed to be virtually destroyed but it is slowly returning to life: witness the excellent progress also at Shillingstone and now Midford. I am a member (non-working!) of the S&D which is a bit of an admission for a GWR enthusiast but I've always had a fascination for this line. Great to see it coming back to life!
     
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    Living in Cornwall, I too, am a non working Member of the S&DRHT at Midsomer Norton, but I've just become a shareholder in the Company now, also a member of the Shillingstone Project, which has come along leaps and bounds in recent months :D The fascination with the S&D knows no bounds here as well....
     
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    I think you may possibly mean 'December 2011'. Unless that DMU does something interesting when it hits 88mph.

    I've been looking at Midsomer Norton on Google Earth and I keep losing the S&D trackbed around its junction with the North Somerset Line. Is there an intention to extend north and if so, how far?
     
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    Your are correct - the 2012 timetable is being revised due to this arrival being fitter than initially expected, which had put that year in mind. Apologies for oversight - label edited.


    Think the section you mention is in Radstock - a supermarket covers the junction area. However, going north from Midsomer is not possible because the immediate bridge at Sliver Street is long gone - the trust is extending south for the foreseeable.

    Who knows how it'll grow - these things take time, but hope you can see a great deal has been done from a scratch start over the last 10 years at Midsomer.
     
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    With Google maps/street view in mind ive seen how lovely Midsomer station looks :) looks like you've got a challenge ploughing through the trackbed at Chilcompton but nevertheless what a great effort by this fledgling railway!

    Being a fledgling rail enthusiast myself its very easy to assume that any new project can wave a magic wand & have some 10 miles of running line, 3/4 stations & a comfortable stock to rely on, 'just like that' (tommy cooper in mind) best of luck with this project :D
     
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