Dorchester West railway station

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Accidents and incidents

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. [12] 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.

Services

A train leaving for Weymouth Dorwest.jpg
A train leaving for Weymouth

Great Western Railway operate services between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth (eight trains per day Mon-Sat, five on Sundays - some extended to/from Gloucester). [13] South Western Railway used to run additional services between Weymouth and Yeovil Junction on Summer Saturdays. [14]

More frequent services (usually every hour) are available to Weymouth from the nearby Dorchester South station.

Dorchester West
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General information
Location Dorchester, Dorset
England
Coordinates 50°42′40″N2°26′35″W / 50.711°N 2.443°W / 50.711; -2.443 Coordinates: 50°42′40″N2°26′35″W / 50.711°N 2.443°W / 50.711; -2.443
Grid reference SY688902
Managed by Great Western Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeDCW
Classification DfT category F1
History
Original company Great Western Railway
Key dates
1857Opened
Passengers
2017/18Decrease2.svg 0.158 million
Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Maiden Newton   Great Western Railway
Heart of Wessex Line
  Upwey

See also

Notes

  1. Smith, Roger (28 October 2021). "New access ramp at Dorchester West station provides easier access for passengers and new direct route to Dorset hospital". RailAdvent. Archived from the original on 28 October 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  2. "1835-1910 Clerks Vol.3". Great Western Railway Operating, Miscellaneous Depts: 155. 1899. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  3. "1835-1910 Clerks Vol.3". Great Western Railway Operating, Miscellaneous Depts: 40. 1835. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  4. "1835-1910 Clerks Vol.3". Great Western Railway Operating, Miscellaneous Depts: 161. 1835. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  5. "Dorchester" . Southern Times and Dorset County Herald. England. 14 January 1871. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. "Presentation at Dorchester. Acknowledging the services of the late Stationmaster" . Weymouth Telegram. England. 2 April 1901. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. "Cawings from the Weston Rookery" . Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser. England. 19 October 1907. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. "Shepton Mallet News" . Wells Journal. England. 3 March 1910. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. "Westbury" . Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser. England. 17 July 1926. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. "Dorchester G.W.R. Stationmaster" . Western Gazette. England. 2 September 1932. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. "Stationmaster Retiring" . Western Gazette. England. 9 October 1942. Retrieved 19 June 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. Dept of the Environment Railway Accidents - Report into the Derailment that occurred on 25 August 1974 at Dorchester West Station The Railways Archive; Retrieved 2009-06-23
  13. Table 123 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  14. "Cheap Train Tickets | No Booking Fees | South Western Railway" (PDF).

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