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The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966
The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966
The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966
The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966
The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966
The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966

The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966

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The Somerset & Dorset Railway

1935-1966

Norman Lockett began taking black & white photographs in the 1930s, using glass plate negatives, a medium he preferred until the end of steam. A modest man, the vast majority of his output has never been published, despite its superb quality. Here, in the first volume of a series which will feature the pick of his work, we present over 200 highly evocative photographs of one of the best loved and most picturesque railway lines with which this country was once blessed – the S&D. Whilst Norman had his favourite ‘spots’ – such as the Midford Valley and Winsor Hill – he captured some of the lesser-known parts, around Highbridge and the Bridgwater Branch, as well. He also looked for viewpoints not appreciated by others.
In order to present Norman’s work at its best, the publishers have returned to the original glass plates for the scanning process, rather than use his prints. This has revealed much extraneous detail which had been either lost in the printing process or simply cropped out altogether. Devotees of railway photography, S&D enthusiasts, railway historians and railway modellers will all find much to enjoy and of interest within these pages, with Norman’s pictures being accompanied by a lively and knowledgeable text and captions, written by well-known S&D authority Mike Arlett. There can be few railway photograph collections of this quality still largely unpublished, so this is a rare chance to appreciate the work of a largely ‘unknown master’.
192 Pages lavishly illustrated with high quality B/W photographs HARDBACK

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ISBN: 9781899889310

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Another superb S & D title

One word comes to mind - fabulous! A quality book that should be on the bookshelves of all S & D fans.

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Andy McMillan
A new insight into 'The Somerset & Dorset Railway 1935-1966'

A delightful book of technically superb photos covering the (mainly post-war) S&D which, while predominantly of ¾-front views of passing trains, as indeed most photos were 'back in the day', here we have the great benefit that the photographer was most particular in a choosing both his viewpoint and how much of the surrounding scenery and railway features he wanted to include, much to the benefit of the reader who is thus being able to 'place the railway in its surroundings'. The compilers have done a wonderful job in making the most of these top-notch photos. The fine detail of the various railway equipment subtleties are also well covered and the delightfully-detailed captions - usually from two different perspectives and thus bringing out the most interesting of details for the curious - bring a strong air of authority to this delightful and fascinating book. I am reading it most studiously, in small sections at at time, so as to allow the mind to soak in the atmosphere of the S&D so painstakingly created herein and I have no doubt this book will be re-read often !
I can most heartily recommend both the photos and its captions as a finely-detailed view of the S&D in what are probably its most interesting phases, especially when one notes the seemingly infinite variety of engines hauling both long and short freights, long and short passengers (from two-station stoppers to named expresses) over what must have been a difficult 'road' to drive. A wonderful tome and very well worth the money, even if you never intend to model the line !

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