Bristol in 50 Buildings

Bristol in 50 Buildings

Supermarine

Supermarine

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Through Time

Series: Through Time

Publication Date15th February 2016

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations150

Height234

Width165

A wonderful collection of photographs showing the Somerset & Dorset Railway in operation, after abandonment and during the present day.
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Availability: In stock
ISBN
9781445650371
The Somerset & Dorset Railway, known as the S&D (said to also stand for ‘Slow and Dirty’ or ‘Serene and Delightful’), ran from Bath across the Mendip hills to Bournemouth on the south coast. Never a high-speed line, the main traffic for the Somerset & Dorset during the winter months was freight and local passenger traffic. In the summer, however, there was heavy traffic as Saturday holiday services from the northern industrial towns passed along the line.

In 1962, John Betjeman travelled along the Somerset & Dorset from Evercreech Junction to Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea, making a BBC documentary called Branch Line Railway, in which he pleaded for the line to be spared from the Beeching cuts. However, despite an active campaign to save it, and the promise by the new Labour government that there would be no more railway cutbacks, on 7 March 1966 the whole line was closed. 2016 will see the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of this much-mourned railway; here in this well-illustrated book, the history of the line is preserved.
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