Heart of Wessex Line

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Heart of Wessex Line
Overview
Type Suburban rail, Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Wiltshire
Dorset
South West England
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Heart of Wessex Line
South Wales Main Line & Bristol & Gloucester Rly
Bristol Temple Meads
Keynsham
Oldfield Park
Bath Spa
Bathampton
Bathampton Junction(For GWML)
Bristol and North Somerset Railway
(Camerton branch)
Limpley Stoke
Freshford
Avoncliff
Bradford-on-Avon
Bradford Junction(To Chippenham)
Trowbridge
Reading to Taunton Line
Westbury
Wessex Main Line
Bristol and North Somerset Railway
(To Bristol Temple Meads)
Radstock West(1875-1959)
Mells Road(1887-1959)
Frome(1851)
Whatley Quarry
Witham(1856-1966)
East Somerset Railway(To Wells)
Bruton(1856)
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
Castle Cary(1856)
Reading to Taunton Line
Sparkford(1856-1966)
Marston Magna(1856-1966)
Yeovil to Taunton Line
Yeovil Pen Mill
Yeovil Town
1967 rationalisation link
West of England Main Line
Yeovil Junction
Clifton Maybank goods
Thornford (1936)
Yetminster(1857)
Chetnole
Evershot Tunnel
Evershot
Cattistock
Bridport branch(1857-1975)
Maiden Newton(1857)
Grimstone Viaduct
Grimstone and Frampton(1857-1966)
Bradford Peverell & Stratton Halt(1933-1966)
Poundbury Tunnel
Dorchester West(1857)
Dorchester Junction(L&SWR main line)
Start of joint line with L&SWR
Monkton and Came Halt(1905-1957)
Bincombe Tunnel
Upwey Wishing Well Halt(1905-1957)
Upwey (original station)(1871-1886)
Abbotsbury branch(1885-1952)
Upwey (1886)
Radipole Halt(1905-1984)
Portland Branch Railway
Weymouth
Weymouth Quay
Weymouth Harbour Tramway

The Heart of Wessex Line, also known as the Bristol to Weymouth line, is a United Kingdom railway line that runs from Bristol to Westbury to Weymouth. It diverges from the Wessex Main Line at Westbury, and follows the course of the Reading to Taunton line as far as Castle Cary.

Places served[edit]

The cities, towns and villages served by this route are listed below:

Operator[edit]

Passenger services are currently operated by First Great Western. Most services originate from Bristol Temple Meads, or from Westbury. However, some services originate from towns and cities beyond Bristol such as Gloucester, Cheltenham and Great Malvern.

Rolling stock[edit]

Services are provided on Sprinter diesel multiple unit trains built during the late 1980s and 1990s, typically of 2 or 3 coach Class 150, with some Class 158 trains. During the summers of 2008 - 2010 an additional southbound morning and northbound evening train were added to the Saturday timetable to cope with demand between the cities and the seaside resort of Weymouth. This consists of five British Railways Mark 2 coaches hauled by a modern Class 67 (or, on special occasions, 1960s Class 37) diesel locomotive.[1] Outside of, amongst others, the InterCity 125 trains, this is one of the few remaining diesel locomotive hauled regular scheduled services left in Britain.

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