Photo by Owen Dunn (21 May 2007). The copyright holder of this work allows anyone to use it for any purpose including unrestricted redistribution, commercial use, and modification.
Branksome station wasn't actually opened until the 1 June 1893; by this time the line had been running for some twenty years. Situated about one and a quarter miles from Bournemouth West on the way to Poole this almost suburban station formed one corner of what came to be known as the Branksome Triangle. If you were arriving from Bath, you would have passed through Branksome station and then branched off to the right for Bournemouth West or headed straight on towards Bournemouth Central. If going to the former, you would have past an asbestos constructed engine shed and the water tower and then seen the junction of the infamous Bournemouth West Curve which linked in from the left.
Branksome is part of the South Western Main Line and is run by South West Trains who operate trains from London Waterloo to Weymouth. The platforms can take a maximum of five carriages of disembarking passengers so longer trains will only open the first four or five units. From an enthusiasts point of view, this station could be quite interesting as stock coming in for maintenance at Bournemouth Train Care Depot come to platform 2 and then reverse up to the Depot.
Branksome will carry on as it is just now but depending on how plans go in the future, it could potentially have a bigger role to play in the Somerset and Dorset.