Aug 2020 – Weymouth, Dorset

Dorset Council have announced plans to remove the famous Weymouth Harbour branch line, starting in October 2020. Opened to goods traffic on 16/10/1865 and to passengers on 4/8/1889, the line was last used in September 1987 and closed 2/5/99 although track remains in situ along Commercial Road and Custom House Quay. Almost the whole length of this line can be walked although it is in the roadway which can be difficult with traffic. Anyone interested should visit before October to view the remains before they are removed. The Council has said it is looking at preserving ‘some historic elements’ of the line, which may possibly involve leaving a section of track in situ. (Tim Chant)