Somerset & Dorset – The R C Riley Archive 1955-1965


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This second book in the pictorial series features Dick Riley’s photography of the famous Somerset & Dorset railway. The cross-country line, also known as S&D, is one of several much-lamented lines and perhaps the most missed today. Dick Riley photographed S&D frequently in a ten-year period, starting in 1955. “Somerset & Dorset” lets you travel in time to the glory days of the line. Riley usually recorded S&D during the summer months, treating us to a wealth of views, from the “Pines Express” and other through trains to more humble passenger workings, freight and even shunted and banking duties. The infrastructure or the staff are not neglected either. Whilst the S&D may have been one of the most photographed lines in the country, Dick Riley’s views break new ground. His photographs were often taken from vantage points, rarely visited by others. His unrivalled skills make this a unique collection, a true record of one man collating the story of this once a truly remarkable railway.

104 Pages, 158 illustrations