Legends of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
This is the fourth in the series of photographic records of the Somerset & Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond. The variety of images of the railway in all its guises which he has again assembled is perhaps the widest yet. There are stunning views of trains set in the wonderful scenery of the line as well as a fascinating range of photographs of railwaymen and women at work, and occasionally play, on the line.
There are stories of travelling from Chilcompton to Bath in the 1940s and haircuts in Chilcompton signalbox; memories of growing up at Bruton Road Crossing and of a porter's duties at Evercreech Junction; of high jinks in the messroom at Templecombe and of a fireman taking over an engine from a driver the worse for wear from drink, who sang hymns all the way across the Somerset Levels; of schoolboy revels at Templecombe including games of cricket inside parcel vans; a charming account of the S&D's last weekend at Highbridge and Evercreech; memories from the 1920s of cider-inspired difficulties encountered by S&D lorry drivers at Bridgwater; a report of a fatal accident at Shillingstone in 1912; and inevitable accounts of coaxing many an ailing loco over the Mendips.
Modern-day singing legend Phil Collins, who played 'Buster' Edwards in the film of The Great Train Robbery, has written a delightful foreword.
Hardback with dust jacket , 160 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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