Ted Gosling, Mike Clement
Pubisher: Sutton Publishing
During the great age of steam, most railways in Dorset were operated by the Southern Railway and the Great Western Railway. These Dorset railway companies and daily life on the branch lines during this era and beyond are recorded in this text amid many captioned photographs. Bygone railway stations are affectionately recalled, together with open cattle trucks and luxurious Pullman coaches that served our great-grandfathers' generation.
Mike Arlett, David Lockett
Pubisher: Ian Allan Publishing
Whilst dominated by the ex-London & South Western Railway main lines from Weymouth and Portsmouth towards London, the coastal counties of Hampshire and Dorset also included numerous railway byways, many of which are now but a memory. These lines included the branch to Hayling Island, long the home of ex-London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 'Terrier' class 0-6-0s, the isolated network on the Isle of Wight, the Weymouth Quay line, and the branches to Swanage, Lyme Regis and Bridport. Although traffic on the main line, by the late 1950s and early 1960s, was largely in the hands of the Bulleid-designed 'Pacifics', elsewhere the region saw many other types surviving, such as the Adams 'Radial' tanks on the Lyme Regis branch and the 0-4-0Ts on the Isle of Wight. Among those enthusiasts recording the scene during the last decade of team operation was the late Norman Lockett. Travelling widely through the region, he captured the last years of both main line and branch steam in colour. Now held by his son, David, Norman Lockett's invaluable archive helps paint a portrait of steam on BR during this long lost era. In Steam around the Hampshire & Dorset Coast, Mike Arlett has selected some 85 colour illustrations from the collection, portraying the varied steam operation in the period up to 1967. With comprehensive and detailed captions, the book is a graphic reminder of the railway scene some 35 years ago. For all those interested in the history of steam in Southern England, this book is a wonderful reminder of the days when it was still possible to travel by steam train to coastal destinations such as Lyme Regis.