I was doing some random googling around West Bay near Bridport in Dorset, where the beach scenes in Broadchurch were filmed, and I remembered the train journey we used to take to get there.
Then I discovered that the line to Bridport closed in 1975.
I know that far more people have cars nowadays, but as a family who couldn't afford a car when I was a child, we wouldn't have gone half the places we did without the railway. We used to go to Corfe Castle and Swanage on the train; I remember going on one of the very last trains before they closed the line (and getting back to our home station after a pleasant day out only to be told by the stationmaster that Pete Duel had killed himself).
We also used to go to West Bay once a year, which involved getting the train from our local station, Hamworthy Junction, down to Dorchester South; walk across to Dorchester West; get the train to Maiden Newton; change onto the train to Bridport; walk down the road where the West Bay extension used to run, down to the beach. (I was quite surprised to see in Broadchurch that what I remember as quite a steep and narrow road is now a busy dual carriageway).
I suppose the train journey would have taken the best part of two hours each way, and to this day I think of Bridport as being a long way away (from my childhood home), but in fact it's only about forty miles.
Not much point to this post really, but I haven't posted much for ages and I want to get back in the habit.