Alex Seal

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Roy Denison

Midford Station Don't Click Here!

The tiny station at Midford, seen here on 2nd June 1962, consisted of simple wooden buildings which were clustered together on a ledge cut into the steep hillside above the picturesque valley. The station was four miles from Bath and marked the end of the single line section, which became double track just before the southern end of the viaduct. The 16-lever signal box at Midford, which controlled entry onto the single line section to Bath, was one of the key boxes on the S&D route. There are various stories of "misses" when locomotives were attempting to pick up the tablet from the Whitaker tablet-exchange apparatus, with the result that the tablet landed on the roof of adjacent Hope & Anchor public house or in nearby gardens. On at least two occasions it was, apparently, lost without trace.

© Roy Denison
Somerset And Dorset Steam Finale

Midford Viaduct Don't Click Here!

A Bath to Templecombe stopping train, hauled by Class 4F 0-6-0 No.44557, steams across Midford viaduct in 1961. The train comprises a Southern Region Maunsell designed three-coach set in carmine and cream livery. No.44557 was built for the S&D by Armstrong Whitworth Co. in 1922, and was allocated to Templecombe shed at the time of the photograph.

© Roy Denison
Somerset And Dorset Steam Finale