Heyday of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
This sixth book in the series on the West Country's much loved branch line unashamedly provides a further collection of photographs and memories in a similar vein to the previous volumes.
The book is arranged around the three constituent parts of the line, the Somerset Central, the Bath Extension and the Dorset Central, each with a charming introduction to its history and operation.
Again there are accounts of working on the line, of firemen struggling to cross the Mendips, of children enjoying rides on the footplate, of people going about their daily lives using the railway, of pranks and fun, accidents and strange happenings. It is typical of the S&D that a travelling goat should eat all the luggage labels.
These stories are accompanied by some of the most fascinating photographs yet assembled, most never seen before. Splendidly posed groups of workers from a century ago mingle with more casual, happy groupings from a mere 50 years back. And, of course, there are trains as well, often captured among some of the finest scenery in the country.
Prince Michael of Kent, a keen engine driver himself, has written the foreword and there are delightful contributions in each section from singers Tony Christie and Gary Brooker, both of whom recall their childhood trainspotting days, and from Michael Eavis, whose Worthy Farm straddled the line, and who provides some lovely memories of his early courtship days using the S&D.
Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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