Railway Bylines: Special 'The Somerset & Dorset Files' #02 (IR885)
Product No.: IR885
Title: Railway Bylines: Special 'The Somerset & Dorset Files' #02
Author(s): Smith, Martin
Publisher: Irwell Press
Dust Jacket: None
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Year: 2008
Features: 56 Pages with Black/White Photos.
The Somerset & Dorset Railway was a wonderfully charismatic and highly photogenic line, the 711/2-mile journey from Bath to Bournemouth involving a slog over the rugged Mendip Hills on gradients of up to 1 in 50, then a dash along the beautiful Stour Valley through picture-book-perfect North Dorset. And then there was the S&D's own withered arm - the oft-forgotten branch to Glastonbury, Highbridge and Burnham, which had its own branches off the branch to Wells and Bridgwater.
A West Country jewel, the S&D has, over the years, justly been the subject of many books, magazine articles, videos and DVDs and there's even a 45rpm record knocking about somewhere. Each of the six books looks at selected stations along the line, extending through the series to every one of the 45 stations on the main line between Bath and Bournemouth, the Withered Arm to Burnham-on-Sea and the Bridgwater and Wells branches.
We also have special features about selected aspects of, not only the S&D proper , but also its appendages : for example, the famous 7F 2-8-0s, Bulleid Pacifics on the S&D, the Oakhill Brewery railway etc etc. And there's even more There's also a major feature about the run-down and closure of the line; this is accompanied by various extracts from official documents about this most controversial of closures - material which has not been seen in print before.