Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway: A View from the Past
It is now more than 50 years since the Somerset & Dorset Joint closed and some 80 years since the line's separate identity disappeared; despite this, the Somerset & Dorset remains one of the most popular of all railway operations. Jointly controlled by the Midland and London & South Western railways - later the LMS and SR - and with a locomotive stock built upon the traditions of the former, the Somerset & Dorset was one of the archetypal cross-country lines. Long stretches of single track with numerous bridges and viaducts provided an essential link in the chain of lines from the south coast to the Midlands' the line's most famous express - the 'Pines' running from Manchester to Boumemouth - was one of the most fascinating of the steam era. As a nominally independent operation, the S&D had its own distinct identity; locomotives and coaching stock in blue livery that must have looked superb as the trains rushed through the countryside. With its concentration upon a superb Collection of archive photographs covering the railway's independent existence. Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway: A View from the Past is a remarkable examination of this most popular of lines.
Hardback, 112 pages, black & white photographs, map
Condition: Very Good
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