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Wimborne Station model railway

Posted on 26 May 2014
The museum is hosting Wimborne Railway Society's model layout of Wimborne Station on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 May from 10 to 4.30. In 1976 members of the Wimborne Railway Society started the model of Wimborne Station. Official British Railways plans of the station area were obtained, site visits undertaken and drawings made. Today the model is now virtually complete. The Society runs trains suitable for the line from the mid 1950s to the end of passenger services in 1964. Also in honour of a much respected late member they run his stock of Southern Railway locomotives, coaches and wagons. On the 1 June 1847 the Southampton and Dorchester Railway opened its line through Wimborne. For a number of years Wimborne was the busiest station in Dorset. Subsequently the Southampton and Dorchester became part of the London & South Western Railway and later the Southern Railway. After nationalisation in 1948 the railway became part of southern region of British Railways. The line through Wimborne finally closed in 1974 and now only a few traces of the line remain in the local area. Hopefully the Society's model provides some tangible connection with the time when Wimborne was part of the national rail network and an important part of Wimborne's recent history. All the major items on the model are built as accurately as possible, although some of the buildings are slightly out of position in relation to each other due to the constraints of the layout. Admission is £2.50 for adults, children FREE, including admission to the museum, garden and new exhibition 'Lost Tracks – Remembering East Dorset's Railways' (annual pass valid for this event). For further information please contact the museum.