Station Name: BREAMORE

 

[Source: Nick Catford]

Date opened: 20.12.1866
Location: On the south side of an unnamed minor road
Company on opening: Salisbury & Dorset Junction Railway
Date closed to passengers: 4.5.1964
Date closed completely: 4.5.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (Southern Region)
Present state: The main station building has been restored and is now in use as an office. It retains its canopy. The trackbed between the platforms has been infilled and is now used as an allotment. A new station sign has been erected.
County: Hampshire
OS Grid Ref: SU160177
Date of visit: January 1976

Notes: The South Western's first major push westwards occurred after collaboration with Charles Castleman, a Wimborne solicitor and the opening of 'Castleman's Snake' from Northam to Dorchester during June and July 1847.

From Lymington Junction, Brockenhurst, the line swept through Holmsley (known as Christchurch Road until 1888), Ringwood, West Moors, Wimborne and Broadstone before continuing southwestward to Wareham and Dorchester. Meanwhile, another independent line under the title of the Salisbury & Dorset Junction Company was
promoted to link Salisbury with Wimborne: opened on 20 December 1866, the 19 miles of single track from Alderbury Junction (between Salisbury and Dean) to West Moors was also worked by the London & South Western Railway and absorbed in 1883. It served stations at Downton, Breamore, Fordingbridge, Daggons Road and Verwood and for much of its length followed the River Avon along the western edge of the New Forest. As with local trains over the adjoining line from Brockenhurst, the usual destination was Bournemouth West.

On summer Saturdays in Southern days both lines served as useful alternatives for some of the many holiday trains run at peak periods. A few through trains from Waterloo ran to Swanage, while the Fordingbridge line offered similar facilities for holidaymakers from South Wales heading for the coast. Traffic on the line was always light and closure had been proposed before the line was eventually axed under Beeching from 4 May 1964, although goods traffic continued to use the line to Ringwood from Broadstone Junction until October 1966, after which it was cut back to West Moors for occasional military requirements. For a brief period the station was known as Breamore.

Breamore Station has remained largely intact since closure despite easy public access to the station site. All the buildings have been boarded up and although somewhat dilapidated have remained free of vandalism. In 2004 a long lease on the station site was offered by the owner, Hampshire County Council with planning consent for office/workshop use. The

property is protected in as much as it cannot be demolished and rebuilt or extended and that all materials have to be approved by the planning authority. The new tenants have restored the station building on the northbound platform retaining its canopy.

Tickets from Michael Stewart

To see the other stations on the former Salisbury & Dorset Junction Railway click on the station name: Downton, Fordingbridge, Daggons Road, Verwood, West Moors & Wimborne


Breamore Station in April 1964
P
hoto received from Neil Lambourne


Breamore Station in January 1976
P
hoto by Nick Catford

Breamore Station in 2004 with little change from the 1976 view
Photo by Brian Corbett from Southern E Group web site

The restored station building in November 2008
P
hoto by Jim King



 

 

 

[Source: Nick Catford]


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