The Last Years of the Somerset & Dorset
The Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway has always been a railway to bring out emotions in people. In the past it may have aroused feelings of fury as passengers waited at Templecombe or Evercreech Junction for poorly timed connections. For its employees the line was small enough for everyone to know everyone else, which gave the feeling of a big happy family, with everyone working for the good of each other. The Somerset & Dorset was not merely lines, earthworks and buildings, it was people and a way of life.
Today, although the track has been lifted and many of its buildings demolished. quite a significant number who love the line remain - some former employees, others part of a large band of enthusiasts. Today the latter look back with nostalgia. and wonder at the thought that LMS engines actually travelled to the south coast. In the latter years of the Somerset & Dorset there was a great deal of anticipation over what would head an expected train. Would it be ex-LMS. a BR Standard, or ex-Southern Railway locomotives, or perhaps one built by the Great Western Railway.
In the 1960s when most railway photographers were concentrating on taking pictures of locomotives, some occasionally being daring enough to photograph a station without a train. Christopher Sloane had the imaginative foresight to photograph details such as gas lamps. barrows, lifting apparatus, crossing gates - details unrecorded by other cameramen and of great use to modellers and students of the Somerset & Dorset.
He has combined with historian Colin Maggs who has interviewed many Somerset & Dorset railwaymen to make hitherto unrecorded aspects of the Somerset & Dorset available to the public, anecdotes unavailable before in written form and only existing in the memories of former railwaymen.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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