Celebration of the Somerset and Dorset Railway - Alan HammondBath: Millstream Books, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
A limited printing of 2,500 copies of which this is number 1128. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps ;
From the cover: “Sunday 6th March 1966 was the saddest day in the history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway — the day when the Beeching axe fell and the final passenger trains powered their way over the Mendip Hills and across the Somerset Levels.
Forty years on, there is life again. No fewer than four separate organisations are working hard to preserve all that this cross-country branch stood for. And thanks to the continuing efforts of Alan Hammond to record the memories and images of those who worked on the line, more people than ever have discovered the magic of the S&D. This splendid fifth album of photographs and stories brings alive again what has made the railway so special for so many and provides a most fitting 40th anniversary celebration.
This was truly a family line, both for the many generations of different families who gave their working lives to it and in the spirit of unity which pervaded all its operations. It is that spirit which shines out from the wonderfully evocative photographs in the book.
Nowhere is that spirit of the S&D better displayed than in the accounts of the six young firemen as they learnt the joys and trials of coaxing their locomotives over some of the toughest terrain and in so doing established long-lasting friendships with many a driver.
Forty years on, too, we celebrate England’s great World Cup football triumph and it is fitting that one of the heroes of 1966, Alan Ball, should write the delightful foreword for this Celebration.”