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South Wales Direct Line - History and Working

By P D Rendall

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ISBN: 9781847977076
PUBLISHED: 30/05/2014
PAGES: 208
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 89 black & white photos 73 colour photos

A history of Great Western Railway's direct line from London to South Wales, from the early 1900s onwards. With a focus on those who worked the line, South Wales Direct Line - History and Working includes the 'Badminton' line route, and all the stations and junctions between Patchway and the Severn Tunnel - an ideal resource for anybody with an interest in this important British railway. Route and station maps are included as well as hundreds of colour and black & white photographs.

Topics covered:

  • How the line developed, from the opening of the London-Bristol line in 1841 to the building of the Severn Tunnel
  • The 'Badminton' line of 1903, from Wootton Bassett to Patchway
  • Duties of those who staffed the stations, signal boxes and goods yards
  • The upgrade of 1975: how the South Wales Direct Line became the first dedicated high-speed (125mph) rail line
  • The future of the line: upgrading to high-speed electric trains in 2017

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Latest Reviews
" The locos and trains that worked over the route are covered, but there is plenty of operational information to give a flavour of the route and how it has changed over the years. A nice book on an interesting route. "
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Reviewed By: Railways Illustrated

" All in all a very interesting book that I recommend to anyone interested in everyday railway work in the days of the traditional railway. "
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Reviewed By: Model Railway Club

" Anyone who has worked on this line in whatever capacity will find a great deal of interest in this book - as will those, like your reviewer, who have happily relied on the line for many years. "
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Reviewed By: Railway & Canal Historical Society

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