Although closed to traffic in 1966, with most of its infrastructure swiftly destroyed by
British Railways, this unique railway line still lives in the minds of many, some too young to
remember it in its heyday.
For more then a hundred years it courted disaster and could, on a number of occasions,
have succumbed to overpowering financial pressures, but it survived with the help of
partnerships with larger, more secure companies, namely the Midland Railway and the
London & South Western Railway. Later on, after the grouping in 1923, the line came under
the control of the LMS and the Southern Railway.
The variety of companies involved in its running meant that during its lifetime, the small
pool of locomotives needed to service the line was supplemented by the best each partner
So from the beginning to the end there were a myriad number of types of locomotive
running over the Mendips, providing a lively variety of motive power.
This heavily illustrated book traces this unique and fascinating history and brings to life
this singular, much-missed and loved railway.
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