Locomotives of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway

A Definitive Survey, 1854–1966

Tim Hillier-Graves

Date Published :
November 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Locomotive Portfolios
Illustration :
250 color & black and white illustrations, weight diagrams & a map of the system
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526748355

Dimensions : 9.5 X 10 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-OrderPages : 240
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Although closed to traffic in 1966, with most of its infrastructure swiftly destroyed by British Railways, this unique railway line still lives in the minds of many, some too young to remember it in its heyday.

For more then a hundred years it courted disaster and could on a number of occasions have succumbed to overpowering financial pressures, but it survived with the help of partnerships with larger, more secure companies, namely the Midland Railway and the London & South Western Railway. Later on, after the grouping in 1923, the line came under the control of the L M S and the Southern Railway.

It was unfortunate that the line suffered in later years, from inter regional rivalry between the Western and Southern Regions of British Railways, which led to its eventual closure.

The variety of companies involved in its running meant that during its lifetime the small pool of locomotives needed to service the line was supplemented by the best each partner could offer.

So from the beginning to the end there were a myriad number of types of locomotive running over the Mendips providing a lively variety of motive power.

This heavily illustrated book traces this unique and fascinating history and brings to life this singular, much missed and loved railway.

About The Author

Tim Hillier-Graves was born in North London in 1951. From an early age he was fascinated by steam locomotives. In 1972, Tim joined the Navy Department of the MOD and saw wide service in many locations. He retired in 2011, having specialized in Human Resource Management, then the management of the MOD's huge housing stock as one of the department`s Assistant Directors for Housing. On the death of his uncle in 1984, he became the custodian of a substantial railway collection and in retirement has spent considerable time reviewing and cataloging this material.

He has published a number of books on locomotives and aviation.

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