New petition to reopen Somerset & Dorset
By: Robin Jones
A petition has been launched asking the Government to reopen the Somerset and Dorset Railway.
Created by James Type, the petition asks: "For the Government to consider reopening the Somerset and Dorset Railway, this is now a much needed transport link from north to south."
The railway went from Bournemouth to Burnham-on-Sea via Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury and Wells and closed to passengers in 1966.
The petition closes in November. To sign go to epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41959
Pictured is the 09.08 Birmingham New Street to Bournemouth West express, double-headed like all the rest on a summer Saturday, is descending the eight miles of mainly 1-in-50 from Masbury Summit to Evercreech Junction and approaching the viaduct just north of Shepton Mallet station. The locomotives are LMS 2P 4-4-0 No. 696 piloting BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73050.
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