Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Saturday, March 31, 2007
time travelling - blandford
[Photo courtesy Keith Harwood]
This is a shot of the Dorset & Hants railtour which went up to Blandford in Oct 66. The Broadstone-Blandford section stayed open for freight traffic until 1969, as well as loads from Blandford there was also milk traffic from Bailey Gate. It does seem odd to me that this section of the route having survived into slightly more enlightened times was not track-rationalised and retained for passenger trains.
To my mind the two most important sections of the route that need to be restored - for genuine transport needs - as soon as possible are Midsomer Norton to Bath and Blandford to Bournemouth. These would be heavily used commuter/shopper/tourist and, soon, freight routes.