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    Hi, this is my first post and I thought I would do a report on a disused railway line not too far away from me. The line was built in 1847 and was taken out of operation in 1964 courtesy of Dr Beeching in favour of a more direct route along the coast. The line ran from Brockenhurst in Hampshire through to Hamworthy in Dorset. Much of the line is now just used as a cycleway but some is totally overgrown.

    The pictures I have taken are from the stretch of track from Brockenhurst to Burley where the line returns to thick undergrowth.

    There are still a nice few reminders of the past along the route.




    Concrete posts still line the majority of the line


    Not totally sure what this was but was in the centre of the tracks


    A lot of the bridges have fallen into disrepair but have been adapted for use as a cycleway



    Some of the more substantial bridges are in much better condition


    The old station still stands but is now a tea room


    One of the largest remaining features is this brick constructed siding near the old station


    Some rails still remain in location as a road has been laid over the top of them


    Evidence of a set of gates near Burley and the remains of a building but it is only a few bricks marking out its footprint remain


    On the smaller bridges that only cross streams are far less grand than the large brick built ones but the construction gives clues as to past use.

    I hope investigate the rest of the route soon!

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    Looks like a nice day out and a surprising amount of bits left from the railway. I like the shot of the iron work under the bridge! Look forward to the rest of the route. Thanks of posting

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    aaah yes we know all about Dr Beeching in out industry. the fact that lines had their census on how busy they were on bank holidays and factory breaks thus giving false proof on how economical there were and the transport secretary for the Tory gvernment at the time.. a certain Mr Marples... owned and was director of a certain road building company that went on to be called TARMAC

    and upto present day so called private train companies get more subsidies than BR got when it was owned nationally by all of us.

    good pics but youve got me started now.............................

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    That's a nice looking line. The Castlemans Corkscrew if I'm not to mistaken.
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    It is indeed know as the castleman corkscrew, i think this is due to the winding route it took as it had to run inland through the forest rather than across the coast.

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    Very nice pictures. The old bridge is just supurb.
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    photo's 4 and 5 brick arch porn
    2015 THE START OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT REPORTS COME BACK!!!!
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    For those all those bridge fans here are a couple more pics. They didnt really do justice to the colours and I am sure would make some good HDR shots.




    Along the route were also a few remains of similar bridges that had fallen into disrepair and have been demolished, leaving only a few crumbling columns.

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    Hi mate, how far is this from brockenhurst train station? As this looks like a great bike ride and an excuse to get my camera out, cheers fella

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    Great pics - I have a soft spot for disused railways
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