Station opened - 15th June 1874
Station closed to S&D trains - 2nd August 1965
Station closed to all passenger trains - 6th September 1965
Station closed to goods traffic - 4th October 1965
Station closed officially - 4th October 1965
Grid Ref: 195 SZ 076914
|Seventy one and a half miles from
Bath, and you arrived at Bournemouth West station, the end of the route
for S&D trains.
Originally built with just two platforms in 1874, being extended to six platforms when the line to Poole was doubled and came into use on the 26th of October 1876. Originally the platforms were numbered 1 - 6 with platform 1 being to the north of the station. This was reversed on the 30th of September 1931.
For a short period between the 3rd of August 1965 and until closure of the S&D later the following year, S&D trains had to either terminate at Bournemouth Central or start and finish their journeys at Branksome.
To the north of the station were goods sidings, one of them leading to a single road goods shed. There were also a couple of carriage sidings adjacent to platform 1 (originally platform 6) to the south of the station.
The station area was controlled by Bournemouth West signal box located just to the west of the station at the throat of the platform lines. Situated on the up (southern) side of the line, being constructed mainly of brick. This box was converted to a ground frame on the 1st of November 1965 and this was finally taken out of use on the 5th of September 1966
Approximately half a mile to the west of the station, just
before Gas Works Junction at
Branksome were numerous carriage sidings and a
four road carriage shed. Located on the down (northern) side of the line,
this area was later turned into the current EMU depot.
This area was controlled by Bournemouth West Junction signal box, located on the up side of the line to the west of the sidings. This was built mainly of brick and closed on the 1st of November 1965, later being replaced by a ground frame to control the new lines leading to the EMU inspection shed area.
FOR MORE DETAILS OF THE 'TRIANGLE' JUNCTION AND S&D LOCOMOTIVE SHED SEE MY BRANKSOME PAGE
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Most recent revision Friday August 10, 2007