Take a journey on The Somerset & Dorset Railway back to the halcyon days of steam to a time when a tablet was either taken for a headache or used to ensure only one train was on a single track section at a time, and blackberries were picked on the line-side to make a pie. The book will take you on the journey from Bath to Bournemouth describing the stations along the route.................... and is complemented by Tales From The Footplate as told by Somerset & Dorset men. In 1966 The Somerset & Dorset railway succumbed to the 'Beeching Axe' but is now rising from the ashes at Midsomer Norton thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers..................The book is also a guide to the present day Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust at Midsomer Norton South Station.
Over 140 photos accompanied by extended captions written by Robin Atthill illustrate the beauty and variety of scenery that attracted visitors and photographers from far and wide toi this legendary, much-loved line. Atthill researched the history of the S&D in depth and described the 'sturdy individuality' of a line that had to deal with the challenges of difficult operating conditions and fluctuating seasonal holiday traffic.
Take a journey on The Somerset & Dorset Railway back to the halcyon days of steam to a time when a tablet was either taken for a headache or used to ensure only one train was on a single track section at a time, and blackberries were picked on the line-side to make a pie. The book will take you on the journey from Bath to Bournemouth describing the stations along the route and is complemented by tales from the footplate told by Somerset & Dorset men Wallace Moon and Geoff Akers. Then fast forward to the present and 50 years ago what to many was the best loved line of all was swept aside by the ruthless actions of Dr Beeching. But out of adversity comes opportunity and a spirited group of enthusiasts, all volunteers, has worked relentlessly since 1996 to lovingly restore the station at Midsomer Norton. We are now welcoming steam locomotives once again to the Somerset & Dorset Railway with the aim of edging closer and closer to Chilcompton Tunnel and beyond.
Following the runaway successes of Alan Hammond’s first six books on the Somerset & Dorset Railway, this volume follows the same winning formula, with emphasis placed on the people who worked on the railway as much as on the locomotives and buildings themselves. With a foreword by well-known television personality Jools Holland, and lively text packed with anecdotes of railway pranks and fun, accidents, and strange happenings, this book is a must have for all S&D enthusiasts! There are accounts of working on the line, of train crews struggling to cross the Mendips, and most importantly, of people going about their daily lives. These stories are accompanied by some of the most fascinating photographs yet assembled, many of which capture scenes of the everyday life of the railway staff. Essential reading for all those keen to learn more about this famous line, and ideal for the many who wish to add this volume to their collection.
PUBLISHER NOTE THIS IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF NO BEECHING, NO MARPLES: The perfect short story for the true Somerset and Dorset rail enthusiast. The ideal stocking filler for Christmas. TAKE A CAPTIVATING RAIL JOURNEY ON A FLIGHT OF THE IMAGINATION on the 17.42 evening commuter service from Bath Green Park to Evercreech Junction, calling at all stations, circa mid 1980s. Sounds a delightful fantasy to glide effortlessly over the Mendip Hills and dream of what may have been. In 1966 steam services were withdrawn from the Somerset and Dorset and replaced with diesel locomotion by British Rail. It opened up a brand new world, journey times were reduced with more frequent trains creating achievable connections to Bristol and London from rural Somerset for the first time. It was now possible to visit London for the day. Enjoy the journey!