New Years Day for me meant a very early start followed by a morning trip to Weymouth and back. The train was understandably very quiet going down but surprisingly busy on the return. Here are a few photos of 1) the first GWR service to reach Dorset in 2023 making its booked stop next to the repurposed Italianate GWR station building at Dorchester West. With rumours of impending large scale ticket office closures still circulating maybe this is the type of use many more 'heritage' station buildings will be put to in the future?; 2) the deep cutting and northern portal of Evershot (or Holywell) tunnel which is now kept clear of vegetation all year round; 3) the now up and running Colas maintenance facility in the former wagon repair shed in Westbury down yard where two class 70s were receiving attention.
Happy New Year and best regards
Michael L. Roach looks back.
When this series commenced I set myself a limit of four images per article, with an average of three. That left me with a number of scans that could not be used at the time. Here are the first batch.
MLR / 31 December 2022