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Western Steam on Bristol and Exeter Lines

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ISBN:9780995749306, HARDBACK

The Bristol & Exeter Railway was one of the pioneering railways influenced by the mercurial engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Built initially as a broad-gauge line, it was to become part of the Great Western Railway legally in the 1870s but the relationship dated back to the line s earliest years. From the main line a number of branches and secondary routes were eventually established, such as those from Taunton to Minehead and Barnstaple, and from Tiverton Junction to Tiverton and Hemyock; these resulted in the area being effectively dominated in railway terms by the Great Western and by its post-Nationalisation successor, British Railways (Western Region). By the 1950s the economic of the railway industry had deteriorated and, gradually, most of these routes closed completely. The last branch to lose its passenger services was that from Taunton to Minehead; preserved on closure and gradually reopened, the West Somerset Railway is now one of the country s pre-eminent preserved railways.

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