Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Route map

This map should help to understand the significance of the lines that have been lost on the Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire borders. 

Not even the mainlines have survived unscathed, the Exeter and Weymouth lines are now single despite the heavy commuter traffic. 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Just off the Salisbury and Dorset

Thanks to an anonymous reader of the blog, I have received some more images, including this of two goods locos destined for the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway.

700 class 30692 on an exPoole goods to Salisbury passing Wimborne

Q class 30548 drifting down Parkstone bank with an exBournemouth to Salisbury train, the second headcode disc is missing.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Then and Now on the S&DJR

 The title is a bit of a misnomer as 'then' images of the S&DJR are not too easy find however the first subject is rather interesting as it is a something of a mystery - the Ministry of Supply buffer store at Burgate on the A338.

It is now called (the) Fairgate Centre and the two main structures are still extant and are instantly recognisable as ex-Government buildings. The buffer store was supplied via a single siding off the mainline at Ordnance Survey co-ordinates : 415090 & 115718, the building was used to store any dry goods in case of shortages during world War Two -but it was not a munitions depot or a refrigerated store.

Main Office
The main stores from the road side, note the new doors and windows
The stores building from the railway side, note three large openings, all blocked off.
Three ridge roof, the building was quite a size
The old farm gate that protected the siding, note the typical concrete posts from Exmouth Junction concrete plant.

And now Charford Crossing, just north of Breamore, the black and white image is  one of the demolition trains whilst the later shots are from Jamie.

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The remains of the abutments

This is the last page of the blog and it will be expanded as more photos of the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway come to light and as I take more photos of whatever remains of the line.