This is a scene from the summer of 1961, viewed from the bridge where the Old Frome Road to Wells crossed over the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway at Masbury Halt. Ex LMS Class 2P 4-4-0 No.40564 and Ex S&DJR / LMS Class 7F 2-8-0 No.53810 doublehead a 12 coach Bournemouth (West) to Manchester (Piccadilly) train. The railway climbed the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills on a formidable 1 in 50 gradient easing only briefly to 1 in 300 through the platform. Once the train has passed under the bridge the climb resumes again at 1in 50 for the final half mile to the summit at Masbury (811ft).
Autumn 1962 saw the withdrawal of all through trains over the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway between Bath Green Park and Bournemouth including the famous 'Pines Express'. All passenger services ceased less than four years later and the railway was dismantled.