Birmingham - Bristol, Portrait of a Famous Route, Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath, by Stephen Mouton & Bob Pixton
Published by Runpast in 2003, 96 pages. Large A4 size softback (N3378)
Brand New Book
This book offers a fascinating history of the Cheltenham to Bristol (and Bath) stretch of the important and heavily used Birmingham to Bristol route (and concentrates mostly on the age of Steam)
Leaving Cheltenham, where the MSWJ gave the Midland Railway access to Southampton, the line continues to Gloucester and then the relatively fast run to the heart of the rival Great Western Railway (GWR) - Bristol. At Mangotsfield the Midland had a branch to Bath, where connection was made with the Somerset & Dorset Railway and trains for Bournemouth. The Midland also ran to Avonmouth Docks, an important source of traffic.
Informative captions enhance the pictures, which are not just of trains and the varied motive power in steam days, but also cover stations, signal boxes, freight yards and tunnels, the whole giving a good account of the line's fortune over the years, and the book also includes around 140 black & white photographs and illustrations.