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Train at Buckhorn Weston

Train at Buckhorn Weston

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Caught a train leaving the Bugley Tunnel at Buckhorn Weston on an evening ride in the Blackmore Vale last week. I've been vaguely thinking about a "lines in the landscape" theme, and it's the subject of this week's blog post, with a small set of the Yorkshire Dales cobbled together from the archives.

The West of England Main Line was the Southern Railway's main route to Exeter and the west. From London Waterloo it shares the South West Main Line as far as Basingstoke, where the SWML diverges to Southampton and the WEML continues to Salisbury, Yeovil, and Exeter. It competed fiercely with the Great Western for traffic to the West Country until nationalisation and the Beeching cuts, when the West of England Main Line suffered service reductions and long sections were reduced to single track, limiting capacity and reliability. Today it carries an hourly South West Trains service operated with 3 or 6 car Class 159 "sprinter" diesel units.


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Taken by Joe D on 2012-09-06 17:56:58 with: NIKON D90 at 55 mm f/10.0 0.004 sec (1/250) ISO 200


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