About Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway Revival (DNSRR)
We are a group whose aim is to re-open the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in England. In the long term, we aim to re-open the entire line as a main-line railway for both commercial and heritage railway use. In the short term, we aim to protect as much of the trackbed as possible by establishing several museum or heritage railway sites along the route.
Some deviations will be necessary to avoid buildings and roads. The following are suggestions, not concrete policy, so please let us have your views, or alternative suggestions.
The site of the junction at Didcot has been extensively built over so we are considering the provision of a new junction, either to the west of Didcot at Milton, or to the east of Didcot at Cholsey.
The site of the northbound junction at Newbury has been extensively built over, so one option we are considering is to put both the northbound and southbound junctions to the west of Newbury station and to re-use an old embankment of the Lambourn Valley Railway to take the new line northwards. This has led to speculation in the media that we intend to re-open the Lambourn Valley Railway. We would consider adding this to our plans, if there were a local demand for it, so please let us know your views on it.
South of Whitchurch
The line south of Whitchurch presents some problems because of rail/road conversions and the difficulty of running through Winchester city centre. An interesting possibility.would be to re-open the Hurstbourne-Fullerton Junction and Fullerton Junction-Kimbridge Junction lines to allow an approach to Southampton through Romsey.
Railways have a long association with telecoms. In the 19th century they were early users of the electric telegraph. The modern railway can probably help to improve telecom services in rural areas by laying fibre-optic cables beside tracks and providing wi-fi hotspots at stations. We aim to include these in our plans. BT have a directory of their wi-fi hotspots. See also our partner site, CARP
The campaign to re-open the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway can be discussed at Reading Green Drinks on the first Tuesday of every month. See the Reading Green Drinks website for further details. If you are thinking of coming, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Would anybody like to start a Green Drinks group in Didcot or Newbury?
New Somerset and Dorset Railway
We see the New Somerset and Dorset Railway as our big brother, although we are not actually related. To quote from the website of the New S&DR: "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". This sounds like a good policy for us to follow as well, although no sections of the DN&S route have yet been preserved.
External links (these open in new windows)Didcot to Newbury - the old railway walk - part 2
Sustrans is using some parts of the DNSR route for cycleways
Brenda Parker Way is a footpath using part of the DNSR route between Burghclere and Old Burghclere
East West Rail - Oxford to Bedford re-opening. DNSRR could be North South Rail
The Breeze Radio, Newbury
Rewley Road Swing Bridge Project, Oxford