DATES

Authorisation And Opening Dates

Lines owned or worked as part of the S&D system

Section of line Authorised Company Opened to public traffic Note
Highbridge-Glastonbury 17 June 1852 Somerset Central 28 August 1854 (1) (2)
Highbridge-Burnham 30 July 1855 Somerset Central 3 May 1858 (2)
Glastonbury-Wells 30 July 1855 Somerset Central 15 March 1859 (2) (3)
Wimborne Jcn-Blandford 29 July 1856 Dorset Central 1 November 1860 (4) (5) (6)
Glastonbury-Cole 21 July 1856 Somerset Central 3 February 1862 (7)
Cole-Templecombe 10 August 1857 Dorset Central 3 February 1862 (7) (8)
Templecombe-Blandford 10 August 1857 Dorset Central 31 August 1863 (9)
Templecombe Upper-No.3 Jcn 16 July 1866 Salisbury & Yeovil March 1870
Evercreech Jcn-Bath Jcn 21 August 1871 Somerset & Dorset 20 July 1874
Corfe Mullen Jcn-Broadstone 20 August 1883 LSWR and MR 14 December 1885 (10)
Edington Jcn-Bridgwater 18 August 1882 Bridgwater 21 July 1890 (11)

Lines over which running powers existed

Section of line Company Date opened Used by the S&D Note
Wimborne-Poole (Hamworthy) Southampton & Dorchester 1 June 1847 31 August 1863 (12)
Broadstone-Poole (New station) LSWR 2 December 1872 2 December 1872
Poole-Bournemouth West Poole & Bournemouth 15 June 1874 15 June 1874
Bath Jcn-Bath (Queen Square) MR 4 August 1869 20 July 1874 (13)

Notes:

(1) Formal opening - 17th August 1854
(2) Worked by the Bristol & Exeter until 3rd February 1862
(3) Formal opening - 3rd March 1959
(4) Formal opening - 31st October 1960
(5) Temporary station at Blandford St Mary
(6) Worked by the LSWR until the 31st August 1863
(7) Formal opening - 18th January 1862
(8) Worked by Somerset Central until the 1st September 1862
(9) Opened by the Somerset & Dorset
(10) For goods only. Opened for passenger traffic on 1st November 1886
(11) Acquired by the LSWR 1st January 1923
(12) Absorbed by the LSWR 22nd July 1848
(13) Temporary station until the opening of Queen Square 7th May 1870

Closing Dates

March 1870 Templecombe Lower to junction with Salisbury & Yeovil line
(Part of this link was retained as a siding)
16 January 1887 Templecombe Lower station & number 1 junction
11 July 1920 Corfe Mullen junction to Wimborne junction [Passenger traffic]
17 June 1933 Corfe Mullen Junction to Wimborne Junction [Goods traffic]
(Except the section between Corfe Mullen junction and Carters Siding)
5 May 1950 Templecombe Lower Yard
29 October 1951 Glastonbury to Wells branch [All traffic]
Highbridge to Burnham [Normal passenger traffic]
(The line was still used for excursion traffic)
1 December 1952 Edington Junction to Bridgwater [Passenger traffic]
1 October 1954 Edington Junction to Bridgwater [Goods traffic]
17 September 1956 Charlton Marshall, Corfe Mullen, Spetisbury and Stourpaine & Durweston Halts closed
19 September 1959 Corfe Mullen Junction to Carters Siding
8 September 1962 Highbridge to Burnham closed to special excursion passenger traffic
20 May 1963 Highbridge to Burnham [Goods traffic]
(except the section from Highbridge to Highbridge Wharf)
2 November 1964 Highbridge Wharf Sidings [ Shipping goods traffic]
16 May 1965 Highbridge to Highbridge Wharf [Remaining goods traffic]
14 June 1965 Wincanton to Blandford [Goods traffic]
3 January 1966 Radstock to Wincanton [Goods traffic]
(Except coal from Midsomer Norton)
19 February 1966 Radstock to Wincanton [Coal traffic from Midsomer Norton]
Highbridge to Evercreech Junction
7 March 1966 Bath Junction to Broadstone [Passenger traffic]
Evercreech Junction to Highbridge [Passenger traffic]
Bath Co-op Siding to Writhlington [All traffic]
Radstock to Blandford [All traffic]
Evercreech Junction to Bason Bridge [All traffic]
30 November 1967 Bath Co-op siding to Bath Junction
6 January 1969 Blandford to Broadstone [Goods]
2 October 1972 Bason Bridge to Highbridge [Remaining milk traffic]

 

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Most recent revision Thursday November 29, 2007