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British Railway Centres: No. 3 Bath Green Park, Summer 1957
Xpress Publishing

British Railway Centres: No. 3 Bath Green Park, Summer 1957

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Probably the most detailed railway operating history produced. Full details of a Summer Saturday working during the BR steam period. Includes the full Working Timetable, Engine Diagrams, Enginemen's Workings, Locomotive Allocations,Train Formations and Carriage Workings.

If you think there is nothing new to be written about the Somerset & Dorset, take a loot inside the covers of this book! Amongst the many points of Somerset & Dorset fascination was Bath Green Park which was a terminus of no more than two platforms yet at times had to deal with an extraordinary sequence of trains that was far beyond the capacity of the station. This book describes how Green Park coped with both the ordinary train service of the weekday and the swollen current of trains that all but engulfed the facilities on a 1950s summer Saturday.

Full details are given of the Green Park workings but the narrative does not stop with passenger services since it includes a full account of the goods services which came into Bath from Everercech Junction on the S&D and Westerleigh on the Midland. Little indeed, has been written until now about the Midland's activities in Bath and this book takes the opportunity to describe in full the workings of the Midland between Bath and Mangotsfield. the junction with the Bristol - Derby main line.

The book has been compiled in two halves. The first deals with Bath and its environs on a ordinary summer weekday when the dearth of passenger trains was more than compensated for by an impressive tonnage of goods traffic. A measure of the relative importance of goods to passenger traffic is given by the lad that there were many more goods trains from Bath to Birmingham than there were passenger! In addition to the Birmingham services, the Midland also ran a sprightly series of target workings in which 4F 0-6-0's tripped goods traffic to Westerleigh, Bristol and Avonmouth.

The book is set in the Summer of 1957 but can be taken as being generally representative of the post-war BR steam years where change was the exception to the rule. The book does not dwell upon the post-Beeching effects of the railways of Bath.

Softback, 80 pages, black & white and colour photographs

ISBN: 9781901056358

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