Devon and somerset railway book
Taunton to Barnstaple Line : A History of the Devon & Somerset Railway Volume 1 | eBayIf you have any questions about this or any other book, please don't hesitate to ask. Published by Lightmoor Press in , pages. Large Hardback - c. Even though the project had Brunel as its engineer, it failed to get off the ground. Almost twenty years then lapsed until a proposal was mooted to build a railway from Taunton to Ilfracombe via Barnstaple. This railway has previously had little written about it, hence this being the first of two volumes which will cover its history and route in great detail.
The Taunton to Barnstaple Line Devon Somerset Railway by Maggs C from YattonBookShop PBFA
When the former British Rail closed the once-bustling former Great Western Railway mile branch line to Minehead from Taunton in , a local businessman and railway enthusiasts simply refused to let it die. Along with many in the local community, the local businessman and railway enthusiasts all thought that the railway was well worth saving. In the spirit of this, they proceeded to battle with both the National Union of Railwaymen and British Rail so that they would be allowed to run their own trains again. This brought in the track bed from British Rail with a view to perhaps turn much of it into new roads in case the embryonic line failed. A lot of the work was done in a fairly short time to get the line ready for business again. Their persistence finally succeeded after five years. In April , the new West Somerset Railway was born.
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Printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated board covers. Even though the project had Brunel as its engineer, it failed to get off the ground. Almost twenty years then lapsed until a proposal was mooted to build a railway from Taunton to Ilfracombe via Barnstaple. This railway has previously had little written about it, hence this being the first of two volumes which will cover its history and route in great detail. It begins with a brief history of the area it served and ends with a review of the current status of the route. Volume 2 will provide a description of the route and its stations, along with the locomotives and rolling stock regularly used, train services, buildings and structures, special trains and events over the life of the line.
This second volume brings the line back to life, with a detailed descriptive journey along its mile length from Taunton to Barnstaple. Lavishly illustrated with a superb range of photographs, mainly taken in the s and early s - most of which have not been published before - serve to emphasise the beautiful countryside through which the line passed. There is a detailed review of the stations along the route and their development, as the journey progresses westwards over three chapters. Included are numerous detailed track plans covering each location and there are plans too of some of the key civil engineering structures on the route. You shop on line - others will donate! You search online - others will donate!