The Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
– almost always referred to as "the S&D" – was an English railway line connecting Bath
in north east Somerset
now in south east Dorset
but then in Hampshire
. It was never a high speed line: its winter business was carrying freight and local passenger traffic over the Mendips
, but in the summer season the S&D came into its own, carrying a heavy service of Saturday holiday trains from northern towns to Bournemouth. It was often referred to as "the Slow and Dirty" or sometimes "the Slow and Doubtful".
It always commanded a considerable loyalty from railway enthusiasts, and when it closed in 1966 it was widely mourned.
The S&D Joint Railway
was jointly operated by the Midland Railway
and the London and South Western Railway
(L&SWR). After the 1 January 1923 Grouping
joint ownership of the S&D passed to the LMS
and the Southern Railway
(1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies
. Patrick Stephens Ltd. Page 237.Casserley, H.C. (1968). Britain's Joint Lines
. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0024-7.
Its attractions were its quirky individuality, its fascinating and varied scenery (captured particularly by the photographs
and pioneering cine films
taken by Ivo Peters
), and the way it seemed to struggle against overwhelming odds. Its main line climbed to 811 feet
) above sea......