Somerset & Dorset Celebration
The famous Somerset & Dorset Railway is a modeller’s dream with double-headed passenger workings, locomotives and rolling stock from across the regions and stunning scenery. MIKE WILD celebrates the S&D 55 years after its closure in March 1966 by recreating the journey from Bath to Bournemouth West in model form. Photography, Trevor Jones, Chris Nevard and Mike Wild.
Above: Bath Green Park is the gateway to the Somerset and Dorset Railway for trains approaching from the Midland Region. Today Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 44908 has just arrived with a through working from the Midland which already has new motive power ready to take the rake of ex-LNER Thompson coaches south to Bournemouth. On the right is an Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T at the head of a stopping train.