Combe Down tunnel demolition trains November 1967

Combe Down tunnel demolition trains November 1967
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actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


There are no wagons only a few lengths of rail chained to the rear drawbar gouging out the sleepers as they were dragged unceremoniously down the grade to Bath Junction. This can hardly have been an economic method of recovery but in view of the restrictions of the tunnel this was the easiest way to manhandle lengths of rail in such a confined space. It was a good job the sleepers didnÕt have to put up with much of this treatment. From a private collection of slides of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway, taken in the year following closure of the line in 1966

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