Rail Books - Free UK Postage on Orders Above £20!
Cart 0
Splendour of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
Millstream Books

Splendour of the Somerset & Dorset Railway

Regular price £12.00

This seventh book in the series on the Somerset & Dorset branch line continues the pattern of photo-graphs and memories which has proved so popular in the previous volumes.

There are accounts of going to school from Templecombe to Cole with the inevitable schoolboy pranks, and of growing up at lonely Catcott Crossing on the Somerset levels. A driver recalls a typical trip on the Pines Express and firemen tell of many an escapade. Mike Beale recounts the lives of his father Cyril at Bath and grandfather Vic at Blandford, both with many wartime memories. A Concorde pilot remembers using the S&D line to navigate when training on Chipmunks, while John Simms provides a delightful history of the 7Fs working on the S&D - 'mountain goats' as some railwaymen called them.

These stories are accompanied by a fascinating range of photo-graphs covering over 60 years of working on the line. Obviously there are shots of trains and sheds, of stations and signalboxes, but it is the people who stand out, going about their working lives. Formally posed or relaxing with colleagues, they were the heart-beat of what many remember as essentially a family line.

Jools Holland, who used to travel south on the Pines for his holidays as a child, has written the foreword.

Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photographs

ISBN: 9780948975905

Most orders are dispatched within two working days of receipt of cleared payment. If there is going to be a significant delay, we will endeavour to contact you and give you an estimated dispatch time.

Please be aware that advance orders will be sent as soon as the relevant book has been published. 

When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order. This includes house number, street name, zip code/post code. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time. 


All orders over £20.00 are post free to all UK addresses. For orders of £20 or less, a £1.50 postage fee will be added. These are normally sent via Royal Mail 48 Hour (the business equivalent of 2nd class mail) which is not tracked. If you require tracking for your, tracking options are available for a small fee. If the service that you require is not shown, please get in touch with us and we can quote for your desired service.

Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. There is no additional charge for this and you will be advised at the order fulfillment stage if this happens.


Overseas orders are charged based on weight, and postage will be automatically calculated at checkout. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. All orders are usually sent via Air Mail - this is not tracked. If you required your order to be tracked or sent by a different service, please contact me, preferably before checkout.

Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please contact us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.

Some countries charge import taxes and we suggest that in these cases, you asked for your order to be tracked so the local taxation authorities can trace your parcel.

Share this Product

More from this collection

More by Millstream Books