B&R .91 Dvd: Somerset’s Steam Railways




Jim Clemens Collection Volume 9.

Today the railways of Somerset have been decimated.

In the 1960’s there were so many interconnecting branches feeding the main lines through the county.

Once again, Jim visited them before closure and has left us this invaluable record of the country railway.

We begin in the north of the country with rare 1930’s footage of the Weston Clevedon and Portishead Railway.

Scenes of the Clevedon miniature railway before the complete length of the Cheddar Valley and East Somerset line from Yatton to Witham.

The long lamented Somerset and Dorset line from Bath to Templecombe with its 2-8-0’s and 4F’s mingling with Standards and Ivatt tanks.

The Highbridge and Burnham branch the whole length to the sea before heading for Taunton and all stations to Chard.

Eastwards to Yeovil Junction, Town and Pen Mill to traverse the route back to Taunton via Martock and Athelney all stations.

A Summer Saturday at Norton Fitzwarren in 1959 leads to a journey by DMU over the Minehead line before closure and preservation.

Finally with GWR moguls to Dulverton from Taunton.

A veritable wealth of nostalgia.

Film from 1959 to 1966 of the branches and byways of Somerset, Yatton to Clevedon.

The Cheddar Valley line from Yatton to Wells and Witham.

Travel the Somerset & Dorset from Mangotsfield to Bath Green Park and Radstock.

Evercreech and Templecombe.

The Evercreech to Highbridge branch.

Taunton Station and the line to Chard.

Yeovil Junction and the shuttle to Town.

Yeovil Pen Mill to Durston and Taunton.

A Summer Saturday at Norton Fitzwarren in 1959.

By DMU to Minehead and by 43xx mogul to Dulverton.

Motive power includes GWR Panniers, Prairies, Castles and Halls, Southern S15, M7 and Bulleids, Midland 4Fs, 7Fs and BR Standards.

Rare 1930s film of the Weston Clevedon & Portishead Railway.

This programme comes from film in the Jim Clemens collection, all in colour except the 1930s WC&PR.

There is an informative commentary and authentic sound track.

It brings back memories of rural railways and branch working with secondary and mainlines in the age of steam.

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.