The Railways of Bristol and Somerset - Martin SmithShepperton: Ian Allan Ltd, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Tables; Plans;
From the cover: “Despite having the city of Bristol at its heart, Somerset was an unlikely part of the country to be at the forefront of Britain’s railway development. And yet, it was the businessmen of Bristol who were amongst the most important promoters of the Great Western Railway and of the Bristol & Exeter — the twin cornerstones of Brunei’s broad-gauge empire — which eventually gave God’s Wonderful Railway a pre-eminence both in the region and in the surrounding country.
The Great Western did not have it all its own way, however, with the expansion of the Midland Railway into both Bristol and Bath and then, through the immortal Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway a link to the London & South Western Railway at Bournemouth. Competition and industrial growth, such as the development of the Somerset coalfield, led to the construction of a complex network of lines. Whilst, inevitably, many of these lines have now closed, others survive — indeed thrive — into the 1990s.
In The Railways of Bristol and Somerset Martin Smith provides a detailed history of his home county. He examines the main lines and the branch lines, the much-mourned Somerset & Dorset, the important industrial lines and manufacturers — don’t forget that many of Britain’s most famous locomotive manufacturers were based in Bristol — from the earliest years of the railway revolution through to the modern age.
Superbly illustrated with both historic photographs and line drawings The Railways of Bristol and Somerset is a fascinating reminder of the railway history of one of Britain’s most important counties.”