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Salisbury & Dorset Junction Railway
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The Salisbury & Dorset Junction Railway -- the other S&DJR! -- provided a short cut between Salisbury and the south coast, where it connected via Wimborne with the L&SWR's lines to Dorchester and Weymouth on the one hand, and to Bournemouth and Southampton on the other. The Act for building the "Salisbury, Poole and Dorset Junction Railway" (it was originally intended to add a direct line to Poole, but this was never built) received the Royal Assent on 16 July 1861. The line ended up being a connecting spur 18 miles 41 chains long from Alderbury Junction on the Salisbury to Southampton line, and to West Moors, a couple miles east of Wimborne on the Brockenhurst to Broadstone line. Construction began on 3 February 1863, and the line opened for traffic on 20 December 1866. Traffic dwindled after World War II and the line was closed by British Railways under the Beeching Axe on 4 May 1964.
Map of the Swanage Railway.
Downton Tunnel between Alserbury Junction and Downton station. Image Copyright Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Fordingbridge Station in a postcard view of around 1905
Sounding like something out of Harry Potter ... Daggons Road Station in a postcard view of around 1905
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