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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. 

Deviations

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.

 

Didcot

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.

 

Newbury

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.


Meetings

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  rorw2003@gmail.com 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.  So far, only one stretch of the DNSR has been preserved.  This is Hockley viaduct which is looked after by the Friends of Hockley Viaduct.

 

External links (these open in new windows)

Yahoo Group of DNSRR
Bill Nicholls on Geograph

Spuds Rural Explorations

Didcot to Newbury - the old railway walk - part 1

Didcot to Newbury - the old railway walk - part 2

Photos of stations

Modelling information

Wikipedia article

Video of DNS 50th anniversary gala at Didcot Railway Centre

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