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Lost Railways of Somerset Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Nov 2007
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The first railway line to reach Somerset came from Bristol and was part of the Bristol and Exeter Railway Company's main line through the West Country. Somerset's railway heyday stretched into the 1950s when holiday-makers would come from London, the Midlands and North of England to enjoy the county's seaside resorts. During the 1960's many lines were closed, but today you can savour the experience of steam locomotion on the Taunton to Minehead line preserved by the West Somerset Railway Company.
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31 December 2016
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A super book, beautifully produced and illustrated as with all Countryside Books Lost Railway series. I hardly know the county of Somerset, but this book has me deeply regretting that I never had the opportunity to travel there in the 1950's heyday of its branchline railways. As with a couple of other Lost Railway books he has written, Stan Yorke shows himself at least the equal of Lost Railways stalwart Leslie Oppitz. Somerset was blessed with glorious Great Western branches and its crowning glory the lines of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, all of which are well described and illustrated in this superb history.
6 December 2009
Bought this 'on spec', but I'm glad I did. Some recent railway books have been all pictures with captions - not this one. Stan Yorke has supplied a good mix of old photos (monochrome naturally!) and text, with interesting snippets and stories about the people involved in Somerset's railway lines and stations. Some of these reveal how different life and attitudes were 'in them days'. Good value - I might be drawn to some of the other 'Lost Railways of' titles in this series when I've finished this one.
24 February 2012
Excellent book, I own the full set, and it, like the rest is a very interesting read for the expert and the general reader interested in the lost railways of their local area.