British Railways Past and Present, No. 30 Somerset
British Railways Past and Present' is a nationwide series of books featuring photographs of railway locations taken several decades ago and comparing them with the same scene today. Such is the current pace of change on our railway system that even a few years can reduce a busy and vibrant railway scene to a wasteland or housing estate - or conversely can bring electrification and up-to-the-minute technology to an outdated, run-down route. The contrasts are often dramatic, while sometimes hardly anything had altered in 30 or 40 years. Whatever the change, the comparison of 'past' and 'present' will intrigue not only the railway enthusiast and historian, but also anyone interested in our recent history.
This volume covers -
- GWR main lines from Brent Knoll and Frome to Wellington and Whitehall;
- Railways around Taunton;
- GWR lines to Yeovil, Dulverton, Chard, Axbridge and Mells Road;
- The Minehead branch, preserved as the West Somerset Railway;
- The Somerset & Dorset from Burnham and Chilcompton to Templecombe; and
- The LSWR main line from Templecombe to Chard Junction
Softback, 160 pages, over 250 black & white photographs
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