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Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, Somerset

Historical Description

Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, a railway in Somerset and Dorset. The line extends from a junction with the L. & S.W.R. near Wimborne, northwards past Temple-combe to Evercreech Junction, whence one branch goes by Shepton Mallet and Radstock to Bath, while another goes NW by Glastonbury to Edington, where the line divides, one branch going SW to Bridgwater, and another NW to Burnham on the Bristol Channel. From Glastonbury there is a short branch to Wells. The trains run over the L. & S.W. line into Poole and Bournemouth. The line is an amalgamation, effected in 1862, of the Somerset Central, authorised in 1852, and the Dorset Central, authorised in 1856; it has a total length of 66 miles. It is leased to the L. & S.W.R. and M.R. for 999 years from 1875.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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