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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
four more from broadstone
Four more 1977 shots from Broadstone.
This was once the main line to Dorchester and Weymouth, before Bournemouth even existed. A new direct line was eventually opened to Bournemouth, and this section of Castleman's Corkscrew became something of a backwater. Even so it had a fairly extensive service, always worked by steam.
It seems strange that rails remained to Wimborne (until 1977), West Moors and Ringwood (1967), as well as to Blandford (1969), yet all of this potentially valuable Bournemouth commuter network is currently completely closed. All of these areas, despite being unserved by modern transport, have grown since closure of the railways. I remember reading somewhere that the trackbeds were to be reserved for a future rapid transit system but nothing seems to have happened on this front. Surely it's long overdue? But then even Bournemouth Airport (at Hurn) is not rail served. I don't think airports have any long term future but it does seem incredible to me that a reasonably busy regional airport has no rail connection, particularly one very close to an existing closed railway formation (the Ringwood-Hurn-Christchurch line, closed in 1933!)
I do see this area as one of prime importance for the New S&D because as well as through trains on the main line there will be scope for many (possibly tram-train or Parry People Mover) local and commuter services in this heavily populated area, as well as many potential freight flows.