Peter Foster embarks on a virtual Dorset railway journey armed with his ‘Area 17 Great-Western and Southern Railway joint Runabout’ ticket, pre-1948, starting off at Easton station on Portland heading the only possible way – northwards towards Weymouth and beyond…
Episode 6: A walk along High Street, Weymouth and memories of a Civil Defence exercise
Episode 5: Onwards a little further with Pete’s Runabout ticket to Rodwell Station
Episode 4: The next step of Pete’s journey is just a very short hop to the little station at Sandsfoot Castle.
Episode 3: It’s all aboard the train again as Peter Foster travels on from Portland to Wyke Halt and the old village of Wyke Regis, taking in the industrial area which was the Whitehead Torpedo Works which led to the Portland Naval Base becoming a major anti-submarine and torpedo warfare centre during both world wars.
Episode 2: Peter Foster continues his journey with his ‘Area 17 Runabout’ ticket, circa 1948 or before, and explores more of Portland and its history, taking in the many bus journeys available at that time. Also Pete recalls personal memories travelling on the last passenger train to run from Easton to Portland station, and visiting the Navy Days event.
Episode 1: Peter Foster begins a new series based on rail and bus journeys through Dorset in years gone by. Today he recalls the short rail journey from Easton, on the Isle of Portland, to Portland Station.
The Travelogs are compiled from Peter Foster’s personal knowledge and recollections with help from ‘Branch Lines Around Weymouth’ by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith published by Middleton Press, and Wikipedia.