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Oh dear, I really am getting old... - dorsetgirl
April 4th, 2013
01:42 am
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Oh dear, I really am getting old...
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.


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Date:April 4th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
I've not been watching Broadchurch, but maybe should have done, since we went on holiday to West Bay one year and it would have been interesting to see what it looked like. It wasn't that long ago we went, the early 80s, I refuse to believe that that's thirty years ago.

I can remember very clearly my friend Alice and I being totally shocked at Pete Duel's death.
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Date:April 4th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Things do change so horribly much.
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