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
Bristol and Exeter Railway
Bristol Temple Meads
South Wales Main Line and
Bristol and Gloucester Railway
St Anne's Park
Keynsham
Saltford
Twerton-on-Avon
Oldfield Park
Westmoreland Road goods yard
Bath Spa
Hampton Row Halt
Bathampton
Bathampton Junction
for Great Western Main Line
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
Radstock West
1875
1959
Mells Road
1887
1959
Frome
1851
Whatley Quarry
Witham
1856
1966
Strap Lane Halt
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
West of England Main Line
Thornford
1936
Yetminster
1857
Chetnole
Evershot Tunnel
Evershot
Cattistock
Bridport branch
Maiden Newton
1857
Grimstone Viaduct
Grimstone and Frampton
1857
1966
Bradford Peverell & Stratton Halt
1933
1966
Poundbury Tunnel
Dorchester West
1857
Dorchester Junction
London and South Western Railway main line
Monkton and Came Halt
1905
1957
Bincombe Tunnel
Upwey Wishing Well Halt
1905
1957
Upwey(original station)
Abbotsbury branch
1885
1952
Upwey
1886
Radipole Halt
1905
1984
Portland Branch Railway
Weymouth
Weymouth Harbour Tramway
Weymouth Quay

The Heart of Wessex Line, also known as the Bristol to Weymouth Line, is a railway line that runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury to Weymouth in England. It shares the Wessex Main Line as far as Westbury and then follows the course of the Reading to Taunton Line as far as Castle Cary.

History[edit]

Places served[edit]

The cities, towns and villages served by this route are listed below:[1]

Operator[edit]

Passenger services are currently operated by Great Western Railway. 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.[1]

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.[citation needed]


Community rail[edit]

A Bristol to Weymouth Rail Partnership was created in 1998 so that local authoriites could support the line. In 2003 this was rebanded as the Heart of Wessex partenrship and line.[2] It is designated a Community rail Line.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brighton, Portsmouth and Weymouth - Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Great Malvern" (PDF). National Rail Timetable. Network Rail. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Route Prospectus, Bristol to Weymouth Line" (PDF). GOV.UK. Department for Transport. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Community rail lines". GOV. UK. Department for Transport. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 

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