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Minehead Branch and the West Somerset Railway

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Minehead Branch and the West Somerset Railway


Well-known author on railway matters in the West Country, Colin Maggs, tells the story of one of the GWR's longest branch lines, from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present day. The line was originally built only as far as Watchet to serve the harbour there, and was later extended to Minehead, where in later times many thousands of holidaymakers would arrive to enjoy a week by the seaside at Billy Butlin's holiday camp. This new enlarged edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, the story once more brought up to date, making this edition 48 pages larger than the first edition, with almost 100 more illustrations. Also covered in this book are some interesting proposals for other railway lines in the area. These included a narrow gauge line west from Minehead to Lynmouth, and a line to connect Watchet to Bridgwater. Since the 1970s the line has been in the hands of preservationists and the author takes a look at what has been achieved since that time.

Additional Information

Stock Code: OA715.0
Author: Maggs CG
ISBN13: 9780853617150
Height(mm): 210
Width(mm): 148
Page Count: 176
Publication Date: 6 Jul 2011
Publication Status: Available
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