Dorset Central Railway






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


From Cole to near Poole













Locomotive number 6, ^Mr. G^, runs round at Pinesway Junction; not an unusual occurrence on the Gartell Light Railway see image 65524. ...
Ken Strachan 27/08/2018
Split level steam: number 9 ^Jean^ is about to dive under the S&D trackbed on the Gartell Light Railway on its way to Common Lane. Notice the tiny ...
Ken Strachan 27/08/2018
^Put yer back intae it!^ The signaller heaves on the ground frame to help no. 6, ^Mr.G^, to run round its stock on the Gartell Light Railway. This ...
Ken Strachan 27/08/2018
Why the long face? Oh yes, you^re a diesel. Jean makes fun of Amanda on this splendid little narrow gauge line, just South of Templecombe on the old ...
Ken Strachan 27/08/2018
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Looking north from Henstridge Station site along the grassed over former Somerset & Dorset line trackbed towards the A30 Shaftesbury Road over-bridge ...
David Pesterfield 12/05/2015
View along the Somerset & Dorset trackbed over the north side gate of the former Station Road level crossing see image 51335 sited at Henstridge ...
David Pesterfield 12/05/2015
Looking east from Station Road towards Plott Lane across the former level crossing by Henstridge Station, with a set of hanging and closing gate posts ...
David Pesterfield 12/05/2015
Not only are the south side gate posts extant at the former Henstridge Station level crossing see image 51312, but a matching pair can also be ...
David Pesterfield 12/05/2015
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A single track still remains in situ across the road at a former level crossing on Station Road in Stalbridge, Dorset. Old maps show the route of the ...
David Pesterfield 12/05/2015
The value of local knowledge - I spotted a mature local gent watching my explorations, so I asked him whether this had been the S&D main line. No, he ...
Ken Strachan 05/04/2018
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The former Sturminster Newton grain store was built in 1945, and is now used as a carpet shop. It is the only railway related building left in town. ...
Ken Strachan 06/04/2018
Decisions, decisions - to cycle or to drink? I decided that my cycling was wobbly enough already. The sign is on the North Dorset Trailway, which uses ...
Ken Strachan 06/04/2018
A high contrast view looking North over the replacement bridge over the River Stour, South of Sturminster Newton see image 49255. ...
Ken Strachan 05/05/2018
A perfectly respectable short track panel, but not quite original. This monument is thirty feet above the original track level at the infilled ...
Ken Strachan 06/04/2018
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Much of the S&D infrastructure, including this brick arch bridge north of Shillingstone, is still in excellent condition. ...
Ken Strachan 06/04/2018
The North Dorset Trailway, on the old Somerset and Dorset trackbed, offers the unusual feature of spare trouser clips for cyclists on its direction ...
Ken Strachan 06/04/2018
Inside the signalbox at Shillingstone, which has been recreated on the site of the former station, on 22 October 2014. At that time there weren^t too ...
John McIntyre 22/10/2014
The cab, tanks and boiler have been removed from USA 0-6--0T 30075 to improve the view of Shillingstone signal box. Obvious, really. View looks South ...
Ken Strachan 06/04/2018
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Many of the bridges on the Southern part of the S&D survive in remarkably good condition. This bridge near Stourpaine seems to have attracted some ...
Ken Strachan 05/05/2018
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A historic picture for two industries. Unusually, there are cars from two defunct makes here - the immaculate SAAB 9-5 in the foreground and the tatty ...
Ken Strachan 05/05/2018
North of Blandford Forum, but looking South, this sweeping curve follows almost exactly the trackbed of the S&D (the original might have been slightly ...
Ken Strachan 05/05/2018
Looking South towards Bournemouth, the station footbridge has an air of permanence; not least because first floor flats on the right are accessed by ...
Ken Strachan 05/05/2018
Looking north from the site of Blandford Forum station on 22 October 2014. Most of the site has been redeveloped with housing and a car park but there ...
John McIntyre 22/10/2014
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Corfe Mullen Junction to Wimbourne Junction