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The Somerset and Dorset Railway Through Time (Paperback)

Steph Gillett

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The Somerset & Dorset Railway, known as the S&D (said to also stand for 'Slow and Dirty' or 'Slow and Doubtful'), 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 despite 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 fifthieth anniversary of the closure of this much-mourned railway.


Product Details

  • Product code: AYLTT
  • ISBN: 9781445650371
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 16.7cm x 23.2cm
  • Pages: 96
  • Publish date: Thu Feb 11 00:00:00 GMT 2016
  • Book points: 14

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