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Radstock Coal and Steam: History v. 1: Somerset and Dorset at Radstock and Writhlington Hardcover – 25 Oct 1991

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Millstream Books; First Edition edition (25 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094897527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948975271
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Radstock is perhaps best remembered for die regular summer Saturday confrontation at die infamous level crossing gates where a main road and vital holiday route from die north bisected one of die busiest main railways to die south coast. The tremendous traffic jams are now only a distant memory and it is difficult to imagine the bustling scene at Radstock's Somerset & Dorset station and yard. No trace of these now remains and gone are the collieries too, only their dirt batches reminding us of a past way of life.

Radstock was an industrial, mining community set incongruously amidst some of die most beautiful countryside die south has to offer. This book sets out to tell the comprehensive story of the S&D at Radstock, from its canal and tramway predecessors, through its development and changes of ownership, trials and triumphs, to its final slow decline and closure. The railway's relationship with the whole variety of industries which went to make up the town is fully covered, in particular its dealings with die collieries. Details of tramways and rail workings to Clandown, Writhlington, Braysdown and others are all included along with much material illustrating the development of the town itself.

The author has drawn on many original documents to provide details of the history which will ensure this book becomes an important work of reference. He has also talked to many former employees who provide fascinating accounts of the day-today running of the line. Many photographs, maps and detailed drawings complete the picture.

Volume 2 will include a more detailed study of the station and yard, with all their buildings; the motive power depot and its locomotives; signalling; and an account of the workings of the colliery lines. Many more photographs and scale drawings will complete the picture for historian and modeller alike.


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