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THE CASUALTIES 1. Taunton to Chard and Chard Junction - 10 September 1962 2. Gwinear Road to Helston - 3 November 1962 3. Plymouth to Launceston - 31 December 1962 4. Chacewater to Newquay - 4 February 1963 5. Churston to Brixham - 13 May 1963 6. Witham to Yatton via Cheddar - 9 September 1963 7. Tiverton Junction to Hemyock - 9 September 1963 8. Brent to Kingsbridge - 16 September 1963 9. Stoke Canon (Exeter) to Dulverton via Tiverton - 7 October 1963 10. Yeovil Town to Taunton - 15 June 1964 11. Bristol to Portishead - 7 September 1964 12. Tiverton Junction to Tiverton - 5 October 1964 13. Avonmouth to Filton Junction - 23 November 1964 14. Lostwithiel to Fowey - 4 January 1965 15. Chippenham to Calne - 20 September 1965 16. Barnstaple to Torrington and Halwill Junction - 4 October 1965 17. Axminster to Lyme Regis - 29 November 1965 18. Yeovil Town to Yeovil Pen Mill - 29 November 1965 19. Evercreech Junction to Highbridge - 7 March 1966 20. Bath Green Park to Bournemouth Central - 7 March 1966 21. Mangotsfield to Bath Green Park - 7 March 1966 22. Seaton Junction to Seaton - 7 March 1966 23. Holt Junction to Patney via Devizes - 18 April 1966 24. Yeovil Town to Yeovil Junction - 3 October 1966 25. Yatton to Clevedon - 3 October 1966 26. Taunton to Barnstaple - 3 October 1966 27. Halwill Junction to Bude - 3 October 1966 28. Halwill Junction to Wadebridge - 3 October 1966 29. Gunnislake to Callington - 7 November 1966 30. Bodmin Road to Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow - 30 January 1967 31. Sidmouth Junction to Sidmouth/Exmouth - 6 March 1967 32. Okehampton to Bere Alston - 6 May 1968 33. Barnstaple to Ilfracombe - 5 October 1970 34. Taunton to Minehead - 4 January 1971 35. Wareham to Swanage - 3 January 1972* 36. Coleford Junction to Okehampton - 5 June 1972* 37. Maiden Newton to Bridport - 5 May 1975 * = not listed for closure in the `Beeching Report'

About the Author

Author and photographer Julian Holland spent his formative years, notebook and camera in hand, trainspotting on draughty station platforms and in smoke-filled engine sheds and travelling the highways and byways of the British Railways' network in search of that elusive locomotive number. In his more recent years he has written many best selling books on railways including The Lost Joy of Railways, Amazing & Extraordinary Railway Facts, The Lost Lines of Britain and has co-written The Times Mapping the Railways.

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