Station opened - 31st August 1863
Station closed to goods traffic - 5th April 1965
Station closed to passenger traffic - 7th March 1966
Grid Ref: 194 ST 789141
|Situated approximately halfway along the single line
section between Templecombe and
Blandford, Sturminster Newton had two platforms built on a passing loop.
The platforms were staggered slightly, with an unusual 'dip' halfway along
the up platform, this was to enable passengers and staff to cross over to
the end of the down platform opposite on a wooden level crossing, as there
was no footbridge provided.
The main station buildings were located on the up platform, a wooden shelter with a small canopy being provided on the down platform.
Behind the down platform was an extensive goods yard consisting of many sidings and associated buildings, including cattle dock, pig pens, stables, milk depot, goods shed and offices. Access to the sidings was from both ends of the down platform passing loop.
The whole area was controlled from a wooden signal box containing 16 levers situated at the Eastern end of the up platform.
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Most recent revision Saturday May 13, 2017