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The Bristol-Radstock-Frome Line

The Bristol-Radstock-Frome Line

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An excellent and informative history of the subject, what can best be described as a series of small branch lines running through the countryside to the south of Bristol and west of Bath. It is recommended for anyone interested in the history of regional British railways. This edition is 240 pages with photographs, maps and diagrams included in the text.

From the Author’s Introduction:
“Initially coal was at the heart of it; now stone provides the only traffic. The apparently simple line from Frome to Radstock and Bristol had a fairly complex history: first just a broad gauge mineral branch from Frome to Radstock; then a standard gauge passenger / goods / mineral railway linking Frome with Bristol. Although the broad gauge Frome to Radstock branch had been converted to standard gauge before the line to Bristol had opened, through traffic could not immediately be run as the former line was not adapted to carry passenger traffic.”

“The whole line was closed to passengers in 1959, but the profitable goods and mineral traffic continued. In 1966 it was decided to split the branch into two sections: Mellis Road to Frome and Kilmersdon Sidings to Bristol. Fortunately the intervening 2½ miles remained in situ, so when a flood washed away the embankment north of Pensford, the Radstock to Bristol line was closed and Kilmersdon Sidings to Mellis Road re-opened.”


ISBN: 9780853617266

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