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Hugh Ballantyne

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In December 1960 heavy rain fell in south and west England and on 4 December 1960 an earth slip immediately north of Midford station closed the railway to through traffic for five days. Here Standard Class 5 74049, looking somewhat bent, is pulling away from Midford and passing over the reinstated embankment with the 0906 Templecombe - Bath train on 8 June 1963.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Remembered
Part 1 - Bath To Evercreech Junction

Midford Station Don't Click Here!
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Midford station 3¾ miles from Bath Junction comprised just a single platform and an attractive but simple wooden station building. It was perched on a steep hillside with the track on a ledge just wide enough for a single line. Positioned part way along the platform was the lattice post signal with its distinctive X shape signal. Here Standard Class 4 75023 is drawing to a stop with the 1520 Bath - Templecombe local on 9 June 1962.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Remembered
Part 1 - Bath To Evercreech Junction

Midford Viaduct Don't Click Here!
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On a beautiful Spring day driver Dick Every accelerates on of the five "Armstrongs" Class 4F 44560 onto the double track away from Midford station with the 1520 Bath - Templecombe on 28 April 1962. The little station and its signal box are clearly visible on the hillside, likewise the points for the double track positioned on the viaduct.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Remembered
Part 1 - Bath To Evercreech Junction

Midford Viaduct Don't Click Here!
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Low November sunlight and the leaves on the trees are in their autumn tints, whilst "Armstrong" Class 4F 44561, old S&DJR No.61 is pulling away from Midford with the 1520 Bath - Templecombe on 4 November 1961.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Remembered
Part 1 - Bath To Evercreech Junction

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The weather during the last fateful week leading to closure in early March 1966 was generally sunny, albeit cold. At Midford on 5 March 1966, the last Saturday morning there was quite a severe frost, as seen in the foreground of this picture, with Class 8F 48760 crossing the eight arches of Midford Viaduct with the very last down 0815 Bath - Templecombe train.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Remembered
Part 1 - Bath To Evercreech Junction

Midford Viaduct Don't Click Here!
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Midford viaduct, officially bridge No. 18 was 168 yards long and crossed over the B3110 road to Hinton Charterhouse, the Cam Brook, the former Somersetshire Coal Canal and, not least, the GWR branch from Limpley Stoke To Hallatrow. An abutment of the GWR bridge over the Cam Brook can be seen in front of the third and forth arches. Crossing the viaduct is Standard Class 75073 with the 0953 Bristol Temple Meads - Bournemouth semi fast that had not stopped at Midford.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Remembered
Part 1 - Bath To Evercreech Junction

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The southbound Pines Express crossing Midford Viaduct on 26 August 1961. The train is headed by 2P 4-4-0 40564 and rebuilt Bullied Pacific 34046 Braunton.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Files No.1

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A 2P 4-4-0 pilots a Standard Class 5 4-6-0 on the northbound Pines Express through Midford Station on 10 March 1955. The herbaceous single track line crossing tfrom right to left in the foreground was the GWR branch from Limpley Stoke to Hallatrow which passed under Midford Viaduct.

© Hugh Ballantyne
The Somerset & Dorset Files No.1