This is the first book of the series,originally published to coincide with the opening of the "Two Tunnels" route between Bath and Midford in April 2013.
During the winter and early spring of 2013, I took a
ride along the route of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway between
Bath and Bournemouth, and between Evercreech and Burnham on Sea,
together with the branches from Glastonbury to Wells and Edington Burtle
I had first taken a cycle ride along the route in 2005
and it was interesting to see the changes that had taken place over the
ensuing eight years.
The reasons for riding along the route again were twofold. Firstly, to look at the opportunities that the S&D route provides today in walking and cycling opportunities.
Secondly, to look at what had happened to the other bits - which sections had
been lost to development; which sections had been returned to
agriculture, and so on.
t was not originally intended to be a full survey of the line in 2013, but it ended up being not far short of one!
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Bath Green Park station.which had been left to decay for many years after closure in 1966, was purchased by the City Council and has now been fully restored.
Trains will no longer be seen there, waiting to start their journeys to Bournemouth. Instead, the former train shed now serves as a covered car park for an adjacent supermarket.
The station offices are now used for a number of different functions, including shops and restaurants.
The former railway route to the south of Bath towards Midford was opened as a footpath and cycle track in April 2013, passing through Combe Down and Devonshire tunnels on the way, hence the name "The Two Tunnels" route.
Combe Down Tunnel is over a mile long and is the longest former railway tunnel in the UK to be reused in this way.
The photograph depicts some former locomotive footplate staff (one driver and five firemen) who worked in the line prior to closure in 1966, at the entrance to Devonshire tunnel on the opening day.