4th May 1964 - Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway closes

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On the 4th May 1964, the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway fell to ‘the Beeching Axe’[1].

The Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway was a single track line passing through:


before joining the Southampton to Bournemouth line at West Moors

Footnotes

Wikipedia says:

The Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway was a railway that ran in the English counties of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset from 1866 until its closure in 1964. Working from Salisbury, trains left the Salisbury to Southampton line at the remote Alderbury Junction. Here there was a signal box, some railway cottages and two platforms on the main line for staff use only. The line ambled south through rural surroundings to meet the Southampton and Dorchester Railway at West Moors. Trains continued through Wimborne to Poole and Bournemouth West.

Initial hopes of cross-country traffic faded and the line carried sparse local produce and passengers until closing, as part of the Beeching Axe, to all traffic on 4 May 1964. The track was lifted the following year.

[1] Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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