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News from the Bishops Lydeard Station shop


fh-bookThe Station Shop at Bishops Lydeard is very pleased to announce that Freddie Huxtable, author of the brand new book “The Taunton to Barnstaple Line”, will be joining us on Friday 30 December, day two of our Winter Steam Festival, to sign copies of his book.

Freddie will be with us from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm so why not come along to buy your copy before or during your post-Christmas ride on the WSR.

The Taunton to Barnstaple line, also known as the Devon and Somerset Railway, closed just over 50 years ago, and the first few yards of the line now form part of the WSR’s Norton Fitzwarren turning triangle. In addition to this connection, the D&SR passed through very similar rolling hills to those on the WSR for much of its length but with the added features of soaring viaducts, tunnels, a classic country junction station and a link to the L&SWR at its western end.

Freddie’s new book forms part one of a two volume work with Volume 1 covering  the detailed history of the line, the early days and projects and the trials and tribulations of its construction. It traces the decline and closure and looks at what has happened to the trackbed and the station buildings since closure.

Volume 2, due to be published in 2017, will cover a description of the line, its stations, buildings and structures. There will also be chapters on signalling, locomotives and special trains and special events and personal recollections from those who worked on the railway.

On 30 December the shop will be open from 09:30 – 17:30.  Full details of festive opening times can be found on the shop web page

Posted on 9 December 2016 by Admin