Original station opened - 1st November 1860 (at Blandford St Mary).
New station opened - 31st August 1863 (as Blandford).
Blandford Forum - 21st September 1963.
Station closed to passengers - 7th March 1966.
Station closed to goods - 6th January 1969.
Grid Ref: 194 ST 888067
|The original station was opened on the 1st of
November 1860 at Blandford St Mary, approximately 1 mile to the
south of Blandford. At the time this formed the northern most
point of the Dorset Central Railway to
Wimborne, in fact, the first sod of this railway was cut
here on the 13th of November 1856 by Lady Smith of the Down
House. The cost of the ceremony was £224 13s 6d, and this
included £71 on wine!
In 1863 following the extension of the line to
to meet the Somerset Central a new, larger station was built
closer to the centre of the town, and when this opened on the
31st of August the original station was closed.
On the down platform, towards the northern end
of the station was a signal box which controlled the rather
large station area and goods sidings complex.
Approx 1 mile to the south of the station, built in 1919 was a branch line curving sharply east serving the nearby military camp. This line was barely used after 1921 and was removed in 1928.
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Most recent revision Friday August 10, 2007