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- DescriptionThe Somerset & Dorset Railway, kwn as the S&D (said to also stand for 'Slow and Dirty' or 'Slow and Doubtful'), ran from Bath across the Mendip hills to Bournemouth on the south coast. Never a high-speed line, the main traffic for the Somerset & Dorset during the winter months was freight and local passenger traffic. In the summer, however, there was heavy traffic as Saturday holiday services from the rthern industrial towns passed along the line. In 1962, John Betjeman travelled along the Somerset & Dorset from Evercreech Junction to Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea, making a BBC documentary called Branch Line Railway, in which he pleaded for the line to be spared from the Beeching cuts. However, despite an active campaign to save it, and despite the promise by the new Labour government that there would be more railway cutbacks, on 7 March 1966 the whole line was closed. 2016 will see the fifthieth anniversary of the closure of this much-mourned railway.
- Author BiographySteph Gillett is a member of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust. He lives in Bristol.
- Author(s)Steph Gillett
- PublisherAmberley Publishing
- Date of Publication11/02/2016
- SubjectTrains & Railways: General Interest
- Series TitleThrough Time
- Place of PublicationChalford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAmberley Publishing
- Content Note150
- Width165 mm
- Height235 mm
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