Heart Of Wessex Line: Bristol To Weymouth

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by AdamBryant1, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. AdamBryant1

    AdamBryant1 New Member

    Feb 28, 2018
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    The Heart of Wessex Line runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Weymouth, a distance of 88 1/4 miles. Trains take approximately 2hrs 25min to complete the journey. All trains are operated by Great Western Railway although South Western Railway runs some services between Bristol and Westbury, and also in the summer between Yeovil Junction and Weymouth via Yeovil Pen Mill. Just before Weymouth station, the Weymouth Quay Tramway diverges off and makes its way through the town to the quay however the last regular passenger services ran in 1987 and the line is currently disused.

    There are 20 stations on the route:
    1. Bristol Temple Meads
    2. Keynsham
    3. Oldfield Park
    4. Bath Spa
    5. Freshford
    6. Avoncliff
    7. Bradford-on-Avon
    8. Trowbridge
    9. Westbury (joins the Reading to Taunton Line as far as Castle Cary)
    10. Frome (on a loop off the main Reading to Taunton line)
    11. Bruton
    12. Castle Cary (diverges from the Reading to Taunton Line and start of single line section to Dorchester Jn)
    13. Yeovil Pen Mill (passing station on the single line between Castle Cary and Dorchester and also the start of the short branch up to Yeovil Junction on the West of England Line between Salisbury and Exeter)
    14. Thornford (request stop)
    15. Yetminster (request stop)
    16. Chetnole (request stop)
    17. Maiden Newton (passing station on the single line)
    18. Dorchester West (final station before joining the South Western Mainline shortly after)
    19. Upwey
    20. Weymouth

    The signals along the route are all colour light signals with the exception of the Yeovil Pen Mill station area which is controlled by upper-quadrant semaphores from the signal box just north of the platforms.

    Bristol to Westbury:
    St Anne's Park No.2 Tunnel (154 yards long)
    St Anne's Park No.3 Tunnel (1017 yards long)
    Saltford Tunnel (176 yards long)
    Twerton Long Tunnel (264 yards long)
    Twerton Short Tunnel (45 yards long)
    Sydney Gardens West Tunnel (99 yards long)
    Sydney Gardens East Tunnel (77 yards long)
    Bradford Tunnel

    Westbury to Weymouth:
    Evershot Tunnel
    Grimston & Frampton Tunnel
    Poundbury Tunnel
    Bincombe Tunnel

    Rolling stock
    Trains between Bristol and Weymouth are operated by a mix of Class 150/158/159 Sprinters and Class 166 Turbos since 2018 also a HST used to operate the Weymouth Wizard service on Summer Saturdays however the HSTs are now being replaced by new IETs and this service will be operated by Turbos from Summer 2018. At Westbury a mix of freight locos Class 08, 59, 60, 66 and 70 operate in the yard.

    I think this route would be a great addition to Train Simulator.
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  2. 52_Western

    52_Western Active Member

    Jan 18, 2018
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    I've always wanted this route, mainly because I've ridden the Class 150/2, Class 150/1 and Class 153 countless of times from Weymouth to Yeovil Pen Mill and back, and I enjoyed it! I've even started building maybe the first quarter-mile or so, from Yeovil in the direction of Weymouth. The bridge that's there is also in my map, and the foliage and speed boards are exactly the same as per reality, if I do say so myself. Here's some pictures of it (more will follow, I can't upload any more):
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  3. Robhope

    Robhope New Member

    Mar 16, 2018
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    I good suggestion
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  4. Orion901

    Orion901 New Member

    Mar 20, 2018
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    20180320015731_1.jpg 20180320015550_1.jpg The route from Bristol TM to Castle Cary via Westbury containing the first 12 stations can be found in Just Trains 'South Western Expressways'
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2018
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