Working the Chard Branch


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Hardback. Very good condition

Chard has an interesting railway history, with pressure from the local populace resulting in the town eventually being served by two distinct and powerful railway companies, the standard gauge London and South Western Railway, opening its branch from Chard Road to Chard Town in May 1863, and the Bristol and Exeter Railway opening the broad gauge line from Taunton to Chard Joint station in September 1866. The branch plodded on in its own way, with broad gauge and standard gauge trains appearing together at the joint station, until the abolition of the broad gauge. In its later years the branch carried a sparse passenger traffic, due to a better and cheaper service offered by buses to and from Taunton. By contrast the freight traffic carried on the branch was heavy, especially to and from the Chard, the old L&SWR terminus at Chard Town being used as the main freight depot for the area.Hardback, please see photo two for the contents page. 96 pages thick, with black and white photos, some track layouts, odd map.