Bournemouth West railway station

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Bournemouth West
Bournemouth West Station 1861607 f4776380.jpg
Station approach in 1963
Location
Place Bournemouth
Area Borough of Bournemouth
Grid reference SZ076914
Operations
Pre-grouping SDJR (MR & LSWR)
Post-grouping SDJR (LMS & SR)
Platforms 6
History
15 June 1874 Opened
6 September 1965 Closed to passengers
4 October 1965 Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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View eastward, to buffer-stops; terminus of ex-LSWR main line from London in 1963

Bournemouth West railway station was a railway station in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

History[edit]

The station opened on 15 June 1874. Although passenger trains were withdrawn from 6 September 1965 a substitute bus service was provided until official closure on 4 October 1965 The closure was originally temporary, but then became permanent and the station was demolished. The station was the southern terminus of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, as well as being the terminus for trains from London Waterloo and other local trains.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 17 August 1956. a rake of carriages ran away and collided with another rake of carriages and a parcels van. The van was pushed into the parcels office, bringing down its roof, which crushed two cars.[1]

Closure[edit]

The station was closed during the electrification of the London Waterloo-Bournemouth line. Originally the closure was meant to be temporary pending completion of the electrification project, as it was thought that Bournemouth Central did not have enough capacity to handle all of Bournemouth's trains. Experience during the temporary closure showed that the newly electrified Central station could handle all the trains in the town, so the closure became permanent.

The station was demolished shortly after the closure became permanent and the site is now occupied by a car park and the A338 Wessex Way. Bournemouth Train Care depot, former home of the Class 442 Wessex Electrics, occupies the former approaches to the station.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways
Line closed
  Branksome
Terminus   Southampton and Dorchester Railway
LSWR
Line closed
  Meyrick Park Halt
Station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bishop, Bill (1984). Off the Rails. Southampton: Kingfisher. p. 50. ISBN 0 946184 06 2. 

External sources[edit]

Coordinates: 50°43′20″N 1°53′37″W / 50.72218°N 1.89370°W / 50.72218; -1.89370