Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Sunday, February 08, 2009
(All photos 28.4.1977)
Wimborne was an early destination for S&D trains, before the direct line near Corfe Mullen was completed allowing S&D trains to run through to Bournemouth without reversing.
Wimborne station, once the busiest in Dorset, lost its passenger trains in 1964, and its freight in 1977. I'd motorbiked in the pouring rain all the way from Sussex to get these shots. In pre-digital days that meant just 6 photos! (Other three to follow).
No town the size of Wimborne should be without trains. It is madness. Just along the way Ringwood is also currently devoid of trains.
It makes sense for the New S&D to restore its link with Wimborne by reopening the line all the way through to Brockenhurst, restoring both Ringwood and Wimborne to the rail network. This would give S&D trains to the south the choice of Bournemouth or Southampton as destinations. There would also be a good deal of locally generated passsenger and freight traffic in the Blandford/Bournemouth/Ringwood axis.
The New S&D will not stop at just restoring the former S&D but will also look to building new links (mainly on old trackbeds) to Bristol (via Pensford) and Brockenhurst (via Ringwood). This would give our services logical destinations and a multitude of links to the existing network.