Foldout map with information on the various sections of the route.
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'In 1888 a new main line was opened from Brockenhurst through Bournemouth to Poole. The stretch of line between Brockenhurst and Hamworthy was downgraded to a branch line, but was still well used and and remained profitable until after the Second World War, when increasing competition from road traffic led to a fall in passenger numbers.
'In the years following 1964, as part of Dr. Richard Beeching's plan to make the railway viable, the branch line between Brockenhurst and Hamworthy was closed to passenger traffic and the process of demolition started. The Trailway follows the old railway as closely as possible, but in some places the line is inaccessible. Alternative routes have been found, please follow the waymarkers, even when leading you away from the old railway line.'
Information courtesy of Dorset County Council and Poole Borough Council