Author:   Richard Harman & Neil Parkhouse

Published:   2023
Edition:   Hardback, Limited Edition
Pages:   468
Condition:   New

Genre:   Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway

Status:   In Stock, last few copies available


A Pictorial Atlas of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway by Richard Harman and Neil Parkhouse. This set includes two volumes. Volume one features the introduction and main line north, whilst volume two covers main line south and the branches.

A fresh new look at the Somerset & Dorset Railway, which, by means of detailed maps, follows the main line from Bath Green Park to Broadstone Junction. The journey on to Bournemouth West, on L&SWR/SR metals, is then included, after which we travel along the branches, from Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea (the original main line), Wells and Bridgwater.

There are track plans and signalling diagrams for every location, all in colour. The maps are enlivened by a superb range of 1950s and ‘60s colour slides, picture postcards issued between the early 1900s and 1930, and early 19th century photographs, the majority of which have never been published before.

As well as the stations passed along the way, time is also taken to study the industries and collieries the S&D served, plus the Company’s Works and wharf at Highbridge. Together, these two volumes present a comprehensive picture of a much-loved cross-country railway which sadly is now just a memory.


Volume One

Introduction: Memories of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
A Brief History of the S&DJR
Guide Notes to Maps and Plans
Key to Map Symbols
Key to Signalling Diagrams
Main Line North: Bath Green Park to Evercreech Junction

Volume Two

Main Line South: Evercreech Junction to Broadstone Junction
Over Southern Metals: Broadstone Junction to Bournemouth West
The Branches –
Evercreech Junction to Burnham on Sea
The Wells Branch
The Bridgwater Branch