Broadstone (Dorset) railway station

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This article refers to the former station in Dorset, England. For the similarly named station in Ireland see Broadstone (Dublin) railway station.

Broadstone (Dorset)
Broadstone railway station 1914198.jpg
The station in 1963
Location
Place Broadstone
Area Poole
Grid reference SZ004959
Operations
Pre-grouping Poole& B'th Rly
LSWR
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 4
History
2 December 1872 Opened (New Poole Junction)
January 1875 Renamed (Poole Junction)
July 1883 Renamed (Poole Junction & Broadstone)
January 1887 Renamed (Broadstone & New Poole Junction)
15 February 1889 Renamed (Broadstone Junction)
7 July 1929 Renamed (Broadstone (Dorset))
1956 Renamed (Broadstone)
7 March 1966 Closed
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Broadstone was a railway station in the northern part of the town of Poole in the county of Dorset in England. It opened in 1872 under the name of New Poole Junction and closed to passengers in 1966 and to goods in 1969. Between these dates there were several changes of name for a station which at its height provided a suburb of Poole with four substantial platforms and a goods yard. A prominent feature of the station was the large footbridge needed to span the four running lines.

Opened as New Poole Junction in 1872, as part of the Southampton and Dorchester Railway, the station was the junction for the new line into Poole that superseded the old station at Lower Hamworthy. When the line was extended to Bournemouth West Broadstone became the junction for the trains to the Bournemouth station. Then the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway constructed a cutoff line to avoid the need to reverse in Wimborne and Broadstone became the meeting point of two lines, although the construction of further cutoffs to improve access to Bournemouth reduced its importance.

Broadstone (position on network)
Distances Times
Km. Hrs/Mins
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
94.83 Bailey Gate 2.42
Ringwood Line
Southampton and Dorchester Railway
Wimborne(Connecting station)
97.69 Corfe Mullen Halt 2.49
102.51 Broadstone 2.55
104.59 Creekmoor Halt 2.59
Hamworthy Junction
Poole Quay and original ferry link
Poole Original (now Hamworthy Goods Station)
Current Cross Channel Ferry Port
108.03 Poole 3.03
South Western Main Line
Distances and times from Bath on the
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway

Decline and closure[edit]

The first line through Broadstone to close was the Old Road from Ringwood, closed in 1964. The line to Hamworthy Junction was lifted in 1966. This same year, the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway lost its passenger services. This left Broadstone the junction of two goods lines, one to serve a goods depot at Blandford via a stub of the SDJR and one which passed through Wimborne to serve the RAOC fuel depot at West Moors. The Blandford Forum freight line closed and was lifted in 1969 . The goods traffic to Wimborne maintained a track running through the site until 1977 after which the track was lifted and the land sold for redevelopment.

The site today[edit]

Today the site is occupied by Broadstone Leisure Centre, its car park and a traffic roundabout. A subway to Broadstone's shopping area passes under the roads where the railway bridge used to be. This, and the building of some houses on the old trackbed north of the station site, mean that the Castleman Trailway skirts the edge of the former site before regaining the old trackbed on the way to Wimborne.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Creekmoor
Line and station closed
  Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways
Line closed
  Corfe Mullen
Line and station closed
Hamworthy Junction   Southampton and Dorchester Railway
London and South Western Railway
Line closed
  Wimborne
Line and station closed

Further reading[edit]

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd.  ISBN 1-85260-508-1

External references[edit]

Coordinates: 50°45′46″N 1°59′44″W / 50.76269°N 1.99569°W / 50.76269; -1.99569