British Railways Past and Present, No.69: Swindon to Bristol by both routes
Now part of the successful GWR franchise, the line from Swindon to Bristol forms part of Brunel’s original Great Western Railway from Paddington to Bristol, Wales and the south-west of England.
In this volume John and Tim take us on a fascinating journey along the route, visiting numerous locations on the way. The number of stations has been reduced over the years with, for example, Dauntsey and Christian Malford Halt, to name but two, closing many years ago with the advent of the preference for motor car travel. However the tide is turning and rail travel is becoming ever more popular with passenger numbers steadily increasing.
The need for greater capacity has seen considerable and increased investment in modernisation of the infrastructure. Details of this transformation can be found in the recently published Transformation of the Western Region by Paul Stanford, published by Silver Link.
Using contrasting and complementary views, John and Tim show the railways as it used to be in the days of steam and semaphore signalling through the diesel era and right up to the present day electrified railway.
Softback, 132 pages, black & white and colour photographs
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