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Sunday, March 01, 2009
the secret garden
Under where the Shillingstone road branches off from the A350 to Blandford there is, if you know where to find it, a secret bit of the S&D. There's a short stretch of cutting then a long (and very well preserved) underbridge. In common with many other engineering features on this section of the route (which was always single track from Templecombe to Blandford) it is only wide enough for one track. This is probably the reason this section was never double-tracked - although I suspect that eventually it will be!
It seems amazing that this quiet, rural and almost totally hidden part of the S&D once rang with the sounds of 9Fs, 7Fs, long express passenger trains and heavy goods twenty four hours a day. Let's hope it's not too long before modern transport returns to this corner of Dorset.