The former GWR station and goods yard sites at Radstock have now been redeveloped with housing and a new main road has been built at the western end. A narrow strip of land, in close proximity to the new housing and with very limited road access, has been 'reserved' for future railway use on the north-eastern edge of the development. The line itself has not been used for almost 30 years and much track is now missing, especially at the Great Elm end of the line. All the remaining track will need to be replaced as it is in such poor condition. Three landslips have occurred on the route since abandonment by British Rail in 1988 and substantial work will be needed to enable trains to run over them again. Between Radstock and Mells Road the steeply graded, wooded section runs through a deep cutting that has just about been returned to nature with flora and fauna well established. There is no signalling along the 5 mile route and at Hapsford Junction where the Whatley Quarry branch diverges from the abandoned branch all points have been disconnected and partially recovered,along with the track towards Buckland Bridge, the first public access point. Nature has well and truly taken hold of the entire route and, frankly, although noises have been made over many years about re-opening this line, very little evidence exists that this will ever happen. There would appear to be a small group of people who genuinely have the wish and belief that it can, but, having walked the route last year and enjoyed the peace and astonishing variety of plant and wildlife species that have now colonised the route, I personally believe that it should be left as it is. Far better for efforts to be concentrated into taking the East Somerset Railway into Shepton Mallet or extending the S&D Midsomer Norton line down into Radstock.
Try the group's website: Home - Heritage railway between Radstock and Frome - North Somerset Railway Company Ltd to see what they have to offer. The info does not appear to have been updated for some time now..
Many thanks to Guy for providing this report on the North Somerset Railway and providing pictures. Try going to the home page of the N S Rly Co website (link above) - this provides some very interesting information.
The final day 22nd March 2018
West Somerset Gala
UKF ran a weekly block train from Ince to Truro that dropped off traffic for other UKF depots en route, such as that at Lapford, that would have been detached at Exeter Riverside.
Many thanks Ron, to be honest I couldn't agree less, what a fine panorama you have here. A superb view.