The Minehead Branch and The West Somerset Railway


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Well-known author on railway matters in the West Country, Colin Maggs, tells the story of one of the GWR’s longest branch lines, from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present day. The line was originally built only as far as Watchet to serve the harbour there and was later extended to Minehead, where in later times many thousands of holidaymakers would arrive to enjoy a week by the seaside at Billy Butlin’s holiday camp.

This enlarged edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, making it 48 pages larger than the first edition, with almost 100 more illustrations.

Also covered in this book are some interesting proposals for other railway lines in the area. These included a narrow gauge line west from Minehead to Lynmouth and a line to connect Watchet to Bridgwater. Since the 1970s this line has been in the hands of preservationists and the author takes a look at what has been achieved since that time.

A5 format, 176 pages, 227 illustrations.