Courtesy Jim Type, copyright C L Caddy collection)
Jim has sent literally dozens of excellent S&D shots which I'll be featuring over the next few weeks!
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This is a lovely shot of Blandford, it looks like the late 50s/early 60s. At the moment the Blandford station site has some housing encroachment, which shouldn't be a big problem when the time for reinstatement comes. There are also at least two stretches of original track still in place, set tramway style in the road surface. There is also a short length of track plus a buffer stop just to the north of the station, at the beginning of the footpath which is preserving our right of way splendidly. To the south of Blandford the track was double, to the north single. Blandford remained open for freight until January 1969. It really should have remained open for passenger services, with a population of over 10,000 Blandford is one of the largest towns in southern England without modern transport links.