Pines Express issue 296 (spring 2020) has sold out in printed form but is available as a downloadable PDF file. Please note that members have access to all PDF copies from issue No. 1 in January 1966 free of charge.
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– Doubling the ‘Dorset’, part 2: After years of prevarication, the doubling of the line south of Blandford was finally under way in 1899. Jonathan Edwards tells the story based upon comprehensive records in the Trust’s collections and the National Archives.
– The relationship between the Somerset Central and the Bristol & Exeter, 1854-1875: Part 1 of a fascinating account of how the SCR started as a broad gauge branch but the broad gauge retreated as the SCR fulfilled its ambitions to link up with the Dorset Central and to form the Somerset & Dorset Railway.
– Feedback and Information Requests: putting a date on the front cover photograph, West Country Class locos with rebodied tenders, University students on the S&D.
– Jane Riley’s paintings: The LCGB railtour on 5 March 1966 with 34057 and 34006 passing over Midford viaduct.
– Centre-spread photo: a very atmospheric view of No. 80043 in the S&D shed at Bath Green Park.
– The itinerary from the SLS Special, 6 March 1966: two further pages, full of detailed facts about the line.
– S&D stations part 20 – Pylle: this was described as an exceedingly pretty location, notes David Grimwood, at one time handling surprising amounts of freight.
– 53808 on the West Somerset Railway in winter: a fantastic photo by Stephen Leek of the Trust’s S&D 7F at work.
– Eight pages of Trust and general S&D news… and much more!
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