The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust

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Tales of the West Somerset Railway

Tales of the West Somerset Railway by Ian Coleby, Allan Stanistreet and Ian Tabrett.

 

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust has published a 40th Anniversary book chronicling some personal memories and momentous events of the last four decades.

 

The book - 'Tales of the West Somerset Railway' - is jointly authored and edited by Ian Coleby, Allan Stanistreet and Ian Tabrett who all have strong, long-standing connections to the WSR. The book fondly recalls the efforts and memories of a few of those who worked so hard to rebuild the railway in that time and help achieve some great things which were once pipe dreams.

 

'Tales of the West Somerset Railway' can be ordered from the station shops at Bishops Lydeard or Minehead, get your copy of this book today.

 

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The Minehead Branch 1848 - 1971

The Minehead Branch 1848 - 1971 by Ian Coleby

 

392 pages, casebound, dust jacket, 215 x 275mm.

 

The book covers the line from its inception and construction in the 1850s until its closure in 1971.

 

It contains more than 350 photographs and probably represents the largest collection of pre-preservation pictures of the railway, including many broad gauge images.

 

It also includes an extensive and comprehensive narrative, scale drawings of all the structures and buildings and a reproduction of the 2-chain survey redrawn especially for the book.

 

There are detailed appendices that support the text, including a description of all the block sections, list of more than 600 ex-employees, tables of bridges etc.

 

If people cannot make it to the station shops at Minehead or Bishops Lydeard, it can be obtained from good book shops, direct from the publishers Lightmoor Press or purchased online on the official WSR website.