The dearly loved Somerset & Dorset Railway formerly ran from Bath Green Park to Bournemouth West, with branches to Burnham-On-Sea, Wells and Bridgwater. All this came to an end in 1966, when the Beeching axe fell on the ‘Swift & Delightful’, and the line was rapidly torn up and demolished.
In this programme, we look at how the legend of the Somerset & Dorset lives on to this day. Amongst the many features on this video are:
Colour archive cine film from the last public day of operation in March 1966, and featuring the L.C.G.B. special excursion hauled by Southern Railway Bulleid West Country Class Pacifics “Bude” and “Biggin Hill”.
Interviews with several ex-S&D staff, which include memories of working on the wide variety of locomotives found on the line, and tales from stations on the branch.
Preserved steam in action on the West Somerset Railway and the Severn Valley Railway at their Somerset & Dorset Steam Galas, and featuring many locomotives which once worked on the S&D, including LMS 7F 2-8-0 number 53808, LMS 4F number 44422 and BR Standard 9F number 92212.
Also included are archive photographs, steam on the Gartell Light Railway at Templecombe, the S&D Trust’s museum at Washford, and much, much more.
Somerset & Dorset Railway, Railway, L.C.G.B, VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, DVD CATALOGUE
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