Station opened - 2nd December 1872
Grid Ref: 195 SZ 013911
|Built on a sharp curve, Poole station was originally the
terminus of the branch from Broadstone between
the 2nd of December 1872, when it opened, and the 15th of June 1874, when
the line was extended to Bournemouth West
. This line built towards Bournemouth was originally single track, being
doubled in 1885.
From 1888 the new 'direct' route to London was opened via Bournemouth.
The original station buildings were built of brick with large
wooden canopies, however in 1971 the station was re-built using standard
flat roofed concrete BR 'CLASP' buildings.
There was a large goods yard with numerous sidings and a large brick built goods shed at the Weymouth end of the station on the up side. At one stage (about 1941) there was a large Blue Circle Cement depot built on the site, this was closed down around 1974/75, and since then the yard has slowly been taken over by car parks and wasteland. All that now remains are a few sidings for EMU's, engineering vehicles and crippled stock.
The down platform was double sided and track led from here down to Poole Quay, a quarter of a mile away. This line ran down West Quay Road and then along the length of the Quay. This connection was removed on the 3rd of September 1961.
Immediately to the east of the station were two level crossings, both within about a hundred yards. The Towngate Street crossing was in 1971 replaced by the new Towngate Bridge, however the High Street level crossing is still in use, although the road is now a pedestrian zone and the old wooden gates were replaced with modern lifting barriers in 1977.
The High Street crossing gates were controlled by the
Poole 'East' signal box, this brick built building was located on the down
side of the line adjacent to the crossing. The Towngate Road crossing was
controlled by a ground frame.
In September 1941 Between Poole station and Holes Bay Junction were laid the Poole yard reception sidings, in later years these have been used for stabling coaching stock, running round of locomotives and EMU storage between duties.
Grid Ref: 195 SZ 011919
Three quarters of a mile to the north of Poole station was
Holes Bay Junction, this is where the route to Broadstone diverged to the
north and the LSWR main line to Weymouth curved to the west across Holes
Bay. The junction was originally controlled by a signal box in the 'v' of
the junction. this box closed on the 28th of October 1934, when control of
the junction was undertaken by Poole 'B' box using powered points.
Copyright © Kevin Clapcott
Most recent revision Friday August 10, 2007