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The Somerset & Dorset Railway - known as the S&D (said to also stand for Slow and Dirty or Serene and Delightful) - 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 northern 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 the promise by the new Labour government that there would be no more railway cutbacks - on 7 March 1966 the whole line was closed. 2016 will see the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of this much-mourned railway; here in this well-illustrated book - the history of the line is preserved.... Please click here to ask a question
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