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 British 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.

History

Places served

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

Operator

Passenger services are currently operated by Great Western Railway (train operating company). 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

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.

Community rail

This is designated as a community rail partnership.[1]

References

  1. "ACORP Summary map" (PDF). Association of Community Rail Partnerships. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Bibliography

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> ISBN 1-85260-508-1
  • Robert Adley, (1988). Covering My Tracks. Patrick Stephens Ltd.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> ISBN 0-85059-882-6
  • J.H. Lucking,. Railways of Dorset. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society 1968.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> ISBN(no ISBN)

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