Dorchester West railway station
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|Local authority||West Dorset|
|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dorchester West from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station is located on the Heart of Wessex Line between Castle Cary and Weymouth and is at the southern end of a single track section from Maiden Newton. The line becomes double at the station and remains so to nearby Dorchester Junction where it joins the main line from London Waterloo station to Weymouth.
An accident occurred at this station in 1974 when an excursion train from Hereford to Weymouth, on its return journey, did not stop at the signal controlling the entry to the single line section, and ran into the sand drag. The locomotive (a Class 47) ran right through the sand drag and out the other side, followed by a couple of coaches. Eighteen passengers suffered minor injuries in the derailment, but no one was seriously hurt. The passengers were taken home by train via Southampton later that evening, and the loco was subsequently re-railed and recovered during the night several weeks later.
In the late 1980s, the station gained attention as being one of the worst-maintained stations in the country. Subsequent renovations have brought it up to a much more respectable standard.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
|Bradford Peverell & Stratton Halt||Great Western Railway
Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway
|Monkton and Came Halt|
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Maiden Newton||First Great Western
Heart of Wessex Line
Eight trains in each direction call Mondays to Saturdays and three each way on Sundays all year (plus two additional trains in the summer months).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dorchester West railway station.|
- Dorchester South railway station
- Ordnance Survey 1937 map of Dorchester showing the location of the two stations
- Dept of the Environment Railway Accidents - Report into the Derailment that occurred on 25 August 1974 at Dorchester West StationThe Railways Archive; Retrieved 2009-06-23