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It must be evident to anyone that running a railway is an expensive business. When you’ve got to build that railway, virtually from scratch, the task and associated costs become that much greater which is why the job takes a long time in ‘real world’ terms. If Network Rail can rebuild the track at Dawlish in a mater of weeks, just think what we could do with the same budget and resources!


Of course, the two projects aren’t really comparable but they do explain why we need to raise as much money as we can to make even modest progress. Long gone are the days when surplus track could be acquired for just the cost of transportation - today, everything has its price and the value of scrap is well recognised by those with materials to sell.

dorset railwaysTherefore, we make no apologies for holding out the begging bowl. As you know, or will when you browse through this site, the Shillingstone Railway Trust has two major projects on the go at present. The first is the re-construction of the new Restoration Shed (see news section and Platform magazine No.7) and the second is what we are calling the “Magic Runaround”. This involves re-laying double track through the station to create a loop of functioning railway. We already have the rails and a good number of sleepers and rail chairs but there are many other parts we do need to find (and pay for) before the plan can be completed by our target of 2016, the 50th anniversary of the closure of the line by British Railways in 1966.

Please take a few moments to browse through the pages that follow and if you feel you can spare a donation to speed our work along, it will be much appreciated.