John Speller's Web Pages Salisbury Branch (1847)

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Salisbury's first railway was the 23-mile L. & SWR branch from their main line at Bishopstoke (later renamed "Eastleigh") to a terminus at Milford on the south side Salisbury. The engineer was F. Twynam. The line was authorized in 1844 and opened on 27 January 1847 for goods and on 1 March 1847 for passenger traffic. Amid cheering crowds on 27 January 1847 "Rhinoceros," a double-framed 0-6-0, steamed into Salisbury (Milford) with a goods train of 22 wagons. Although a one-mile line from the present Fisherton Road station was opened in 1859, giving direct access to London Waterloo, Milford station continued in operation until as late as 1967. The line from Salisbury to Southampton via Romsey now forms part of the Wessex main line, operated by First Great Western, which provides train service between Cardiff, Bristol, Westbury, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth. Romsey station is now under the control of First Great Western; I wonder what Mr. Saunders would have had to say about that!
Map of the London & South Western Railway's Salisbury Branch of 1847, showing the relation to the current Wessex route
West Dean railway station on the Salisbury to Southampton line. Image Copyright Chris Talbot and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Romsey railway station. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
St. Denys station near Southampton. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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