The Abbotsbury branch railway was a standard gauge line which ran in the west of the county of Dorset in England opening in 1885. Although great hopes of westward links and mineral traffic drove the original construction of the line, these failed to materialise and after a quiet existence carrying local passengers and agricultural produce, the line closed in 1952.
Portesham, Dorset couple Henry and Lucy Bartlett left behind a large brood when they died in 1900 and 1913 respectively. Their great-grandson Colin Dawe tells the story of his ancestors.
Read the full article by Nicola Rayner in the Dorset Echo