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The Somerset and Dorset Railway: Opening of the Bath Extension, 1874 Hardcover – 24 Sep 1998
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An account written in 1874 to celebrate the opening of the new line built over and through the Mendip hills from Evercreech to Bath.
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24 March 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
A really interesting, well-illustrated book, woven around the description of the northern part of the line down to Evercreech, found in a little-known book by Gale - Tourists's descriptive guide to the S&D - 1874, which I once discovered myself in the depths of a Bath library. The material is fleshed out from other local sources and with monochrome photographs of the 1960's included. How little most of the line changed over its lifetime. Although the description of a journey south from Bath was made in 1874, if you rode the S&D in the 1960's you will still feel, apart from enjoying the delightfully antiquated language, as if the scenery is almost identical. The book relived many happy journeys for me and also amplifies much of the local history en route, especially concerning the collieries. I don't know how it took me so long to discover this 1998 limited edition.