A great postcard view of Templecombe taken on my 3rd birthday!
Templecombe has seen a lot of change since this picture. Amazingly the entire station, once so busy, was closed entirely when the S&D closed. But this strange state of affairs didn't last long and the station was reopened in 1982. It's now an incredible success story with hundreds of thousands of passengers using it each year. It's clearly in the ascendent again and it shouldn't be too many years before S&D trains begin using it again. It's a very useful junction allowing journeys such as Bournemouth to Exeter or Salisbury to Radstock etc etc. No doubt it will also become a very large freight interchange again, returning a degree of capacity to routes currently under strain.
Buy a house in Templecombe if you can - they are going to be worth a lot when all the trains return!