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Railways on the Isle of Portland
Irwell Press

Railways on the Isle of Portland

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Martin Smith presents a well illustrated account of the railways of Portland.

South Coast branch lines? No - they were not all the same. Forget the meandering little railway passing through wooded river valleys, idly serving picturesque wayside stations on its way to a golden beach or two. In fact, forget all the cliches. The branch line from Weymouth to the Isle of Portland was very different, serving a community that owed more - far more - to quarrying and the Admiralty and war than it ever did to tourism. The railways serving the Isle of Portland were very 'local' in their nature - indeed, like the island itself, they had an independent air, born largely of remoteness and isolation.

Portland's railway history is a fascinating one, not least because of its comparative complexity, tightly confined within a 'scarred, treeless rock' or, to put it rather more romantically, 'the Gibraltar of Wessex'. Even before the nineteenth century was out, no less than five different railway companies and a Government department had been involved in the development of just nine miles of railway. That didn't automatically mean that the line served the locals in perfect fashion - in 1898 the local newspaper fired an editorial broadside '...the scenes which are to be witnessed almost daily and nightly at Portland Station are a disgrace. The narrow exposed platform is a positive death trap...'

Softback, 44 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9781871608823

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