A Branch Line Railway with John Betjeman

First transmitted in 1963, John Betjeman examines the Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea railway in Somerset, providing a unique profile of a working steam branch line railway.

First transmitted in 1963, John Betjeman looks at the Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea railway line in Somerset.

Betjeman provides a unique profile of a working steam branch line railway as he travels along the original part of the Somerset Central Railway. Examining towns and stations along the way, Betjeman laments the tragic decline of steam railways. The journey culminates with a stroll around Highbridge Wharf, sentimentally narrated with a poem that sums up Betjeman's despair; 'Highbridge Wharf, your hopes have died...'.

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26 minutes

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Sun 9 Jun 2013 19:05

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator John Betjeman
Visual Editor Constance Dunn
Producer Brian Johnson

Broadcasts

  • Fri 29 Mar 1963 13:30
  • Sun 9 Jun 2013 19:05

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