(44561 at Broadstone. Photo courtesy Jim Type, copyright C L Caddy Collection)
This is a view of 44561 at Broadstone. Broadstone was of course the junction for the S&D and the line from Poole to Ringwood. Broadstone was the only point on the S&D main line that I ever visited whilst (freight) trains were still running. I photographed both Broadstone and Wimborne on a freezing cold and very wet day in 1977, travelling from Sussex by motorbike, a truly miserable way of getting around in anything other than sunny and still weather!
This whole area has developed a lot since the S&D (and Ringwood line) closed - and is crying out for trains. This whole suburban part of Bournemouth and area will have a huge network of railways and tramways in the future and hopefully the S&D will become the premier line through the area. Broadstone will become a major station on the restored line south from Blandford, particularly after the Ringwood line is also reopened.
More from Broadstone over the next few weeks - with some really interesting shots!