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Welcome to Weymouth, the famous seaside town in Dorset. Here we have a grandstand view of the Weymouth Harbour Railway – a unique link from the town’s railway station to its harbour, running entirely on the streets, sharing road space with pedestrians and traffic. If nothing else, you end up with some amazing images of trains juxtaposed with cars unlike anywhere else you can think of.
The line was opened in 1865 to transport travellers directly to the Channel Island ferries running from the harbour. The line was continually upgraded to cope with freight as well as passenger traffic, forcing Town Bridge to be rebuilt and, in the run up to World War 2, the line was rebuilt with a new quayside section which located the tramway to location where it remained.
The railway remained popular and well used throughout its life and, while regular goods traffic ceased in 1972, fuel oil was still being transported to a facility at the pier until 1983. Regular services would continue until 1987 when the South West Main Line into Weymouth was provided with third rail electrification, which was incompatible with street running. The line would remain in sporadic use until 1999 but, in late 2020, the lines were finally pulled up, marking the end of an era.
So, tell us about the cars
Well, well, here’s a nice – albeit small – selection of cars to enjoy. In the foreground, nearest to the camera, we have a Volvo estate, Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 in L trim, and Renault 18 (above) TL or TS in a particularly shocking shade of green, and a Lancia Beta Berlina with a particularly ugly roof rack.
Behind the Lancia is a Jaguar XJ-S in appealing pre-HE trim wearing a private plate – why do we keep thinking of the Return of The Saint? Behind that, by the bins, is a Honda Accord Mk1 in three-door form – one of the nicest cars to emerge from Japan in the 1970s. Further down the road is a Ford Fiesta Mk1, and, just visible behind that, is a Rover 200 (SD3) in Rattan Beige, which is easily the newest car in this image.
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