Somerset Railways in Old Photographs


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No-one could have imagined what a revolutionary change the dawning of the railway age would have on the British countryside and its inhabitants. Somerset was no exception: the Great Western Railway, the London and South Western Railway, and the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway operated many services throughout this beautiful county. In the age of steam and in later days these companies gave communities employment and security; their stations, crossing and engine sheds transformed the landscape and their locomotives were objects of admiration. This book aims to give the reader a chance to look back at scenes and locations that were once so common over a wonderful railway network. Stations such as Chard Junction, Milborne Port, Wellow, Chilcompton and Binegar are depicted. Somerset Railways also examines the countless trains that passed by in the age of steam: the Devon Belle and the Pines Express. Enriched by a wealth of photographs of staff from all walks of railway life, this book is a tribute to those railway workers and to the vibrant Somerset railway system that they served.