(Both courtesy Jim Type, copyright C L Caddy Collection)
S&D trains for Bournemouth terminated at Bournemouth West station, a classic Southern terminus which was full of character, and convenient for the beach and hotels.
Sadly Bournemouth West was closed before the main line, in 1965.
Perhaps seen as surplus at the time, when people seriously believed that railways were on their way out, Bournemouth West would be very useful today, freeing up space at Bournemouth Central and allowing extra services to the east and west (and soon to the north as well!) Much of the track remains serving the EMU depot. Capacity, not demand, will clearly be the problem in the future as more and more abandon their cars for the trains. Perhaps Bournemouth West will return quicker than most of us suspect, giving Bournemouth a second major station that it can really be proud of!