The Last Years of Steam Across Somerset and Dorset

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781556962
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A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the late 1950s and 1960s covering the railways of Somerset and Dorset.

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  • Features a wealth of previously unpublished images, many in full colour

  • Also features extended commentaries from the author, rich in detail

  • Of much interest to train/locomotive enthusiasts, local historians and modellers 

The Last Years of Steam Across Somerset and Dorset gives an excellent photographic study of yesteryear and the iconic steam locomotive at work.

The renowned Somerset & Dorset Railway is covered in detail as are other railway locations across the two counties such as Bath, Bournemouth, Bridgwater, Bristol, Burnham, Chard, Clevedon, Dorchester, Dulverton, Evercreech Junction, Frome, Radstock, Shepton Mallet, Swanage, Taunton, Templecombe, Wells, Weymouth, Yatton and Yeovil.

A captivating time capsule from the author’s private collection from the mid-1950s to the end of steam in the 1960s.

The Last Years of Steam Across Somerset and Dorset contains many previously unpublished photographs by an internationally renowned authoritarian figure on steam locomotives and their history. 

BOOK ISBN 9781781556962
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 144 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 110 black-and-white and 102 colour photographs



Michael Clemens and his late father in the 1950s and 1960s lived in Worcestershire, but travelled all over Britain, from Penzance to the north of Scotland, filming many now long closed railways and the steam locomotives that worked on them. The movie film collection, the largest of its kind in the UK, has been released by the author on thirty videos starting in the 1990s. The author’s website can be visited at and contains many hundreds of pages of railway memorabilia. This is his first book for Fonthill Media. Other titles in the series include: The Last Years of Steam Around Central Wales and The Last Years of Steam in Shropshire and the Severn Valley – all published by Fonthill Media in 2013.