Wild Swan Books

The Malmesbury Branch

Mike Fenton

Hardback  -  258 pages  -  £28.95


The author's interest in the Malmesbury branch line was kindled by the sight of the GWR engine shed still standing in the old station yard in 1971. Twenty years earlier Mike had been a three-year-old living in Barton Road, Swindon, within earshot of the Malmesbury-Swindon passenger service when it ran for the last time on 8th September, 1951.

This book is the culmination of many years of painstaking research to chronicle the history of the branch, a line unique in that it switched junctions from one main line to another of equal status during its working life of 85 years.

The quest for photographs, references, maps and plans, tickets and working details of the Malmesbury branch took Mike into many public archives, newspaper offices, museums and, most importantly, into the homes of many railwaymen and their families. Combining a wealth of written records with the knowledge gleaned from countless hours of staff interviews, he has assembled a full account of the working life of the Malmesbury line.

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