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The Somerset & Dorset Railway (continued). The club's second 2016 walk over the former S&D took place on Saturday 25th June and covered the section of line from Broadstone to Sturminster Marshall – or 'Bailey Gate' in railway parlance, this name being chosen to avoid confusion with Charlton Marshall and Sturminster Newton further up the line. Parts of this walk are normally unavailable to the public, so we are grateful to members Tim Chant and Kevin Arnold for negotiating access, and to the landowners for their kind consent.

Above: A group of railway ramblers just north of the club house at Broadstone Golf Course prior to setting off on the old trackbed, which traversed the club's property. The gentleman at the front in the outfit recalling Gilbert O'Sullivan (remember him?) was a club official who escorted us on our way. To judge by the number of golfers similarly attired on this day, some kind of special event must have been on. 25th June 2016. (Kevin Arnold)

 
Above: This view of the track beyond the club car shows, in the distance, the trackbed of the S&D coming in from the north on a low embankment, which has been regraded to provide a gentle slope down to the green. 25th June 2016. (Tim Chant)
 
Above: Walkers at the top of the slope, disappearing under the pine trees leading north. Most railway enthusiasts know of the S&D's 'Pines Express', which was introduced in 1910 as a daily, year round service from Manchester to Bournemouth, although it only gained its famous title in 1927. Pine trees are a distinctive feature of the landscape around Bournemouth. 25th June 2016. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: Part way through this section, the old line passes Golfers' Crossing, where golfers traversed the track in its operational days to get from one part of the greens to another; this is the view looking north from that location. The line was single track from Broadstone to Corfe Mullen Junction. 25th June 2016. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: North of golf club, the trackbed is maintained by the local Corfe Hills School, which we believe uses it to deliver countryside management courses; the most obvious sign of this is a long boardwalk through a waterlogged section of cutting. 25th June 2016. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: The most notable feature on the Corfe Hills section of the line is this attractive three-arch viaduct which carries Ashington Lane over the trackbed at grid reference SY 999980. Date. (Acknowledgement)
 
Above: As we neared Corfe Junction, where the main line from Broadstone joined the 1933-closed link to Wimborne Minster, we had to transfer to the latter line since a fine modern home now occupies the trackbed to the left of this photograph. This is the view from the Wimborne line of the fine underbridge at SY 985986. 25th June 2016. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: By Knoll Lane Crossing (SY 976983), we were on part of the North Dorset Trailway, which is being developed by Dorset's local authorities to provide a multi use trail along the course of the old railway. The sign on the right hand gate reads: 'Any person who omits to shut and fasten this gate is liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings'. We doubt that this is in its original location, but it does remind one of a time when the UK's currency had rather more buying power than it does today! 25th June 2016. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: The final view from our walk on this occasion is of the overbridge at Brickyard Lane (SY 973983), which is just west of St. Hubert's Church – easily recognised by its squat Norman tower – on the western edge of Corfe Mullen village. A quarter of a mile ahead, the trailway reaches the former Corfe Mullen Level Crossing on the A31 where, for the time being, the trailway comes to an end. 25th June 2016. (Jeff Vinter)