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  • Winchester – Itchen Abbas – Alresford 2022/2023


    Opened in 1865, closed in 1973, explored by Dumpman in 2022 and 2023.

  • The Winchester Chesil Loop 2022/2023

  • The Longparish Branch Line 2022

  • Sidmouth & Exmouth Branch Lines

  • Bexhill West Station clock tower exploration


    Dumpman Films set out document the amazing restoration work that had been completed in 2018 on the clock at this disused station.

  • Alton to Basingstoke


    Dumpman Films reveals the charms of another, well-loved and short-lived rural railway.

    This unique line is probably more famous for activities that took place on it after closure than anything that came before, playing host to the 1937 Will Hay film, Oh ! Mr Porter ! It had also been used for the most spectacular staged train crash in British cinematic history when The Wrecker was filmed on it in 1928.

  • Ash Junction to Tongham


    Dumpman Films reveals the charms the disused section of mainline that used to connect Guildford to Farnham in Surrey.

    Starting with a view from the bridge at Ash junction, the route of the old track bed running west is seen, before tumbling into the bushes to see what remains at ground level.

    A short stretch of track is walked, viewing various railway remains, before your cameraman hops on his battered Raleigh Chopper to travel west towards the first stop at Ash Green.

  • Brookwood Cemetery Necropolis Line


    Dumpman Films reveals the charms of another disused branch line.

    This little three quarter mile stretch of track bed, used to be part of the London Necropolis Company line from Waterloo. Following the need for additional burial space in the 1850s, the huge plot at Brookwood was obtained and funeral trains ran here from London. On arrival at Brookwood, the trains then travelled in to the cemetery itself, stopping at either the northern station (for non conformists) or southern station (Anglicans) to drop off coffins and mourners.

  • The Sprat and Winkle Line


    Opened in 1865, closed in 1964 and explored by Dumpman Films in 2018.

    A detailed trek across much of the disused track bed between Kimbridge Junction and Andover Junction station. Sometimes travelling on foot, occasionally by car, but mostly on a vintage Raleigh Chopper, always searching for the remains of the great industry that was the railway. This film recreates the journey that used to be possible by train.

  • West Moors to Salisbury (Alderbury Jnc)


    An early victim of Beeching’s cuts; this line is followed as faithfully as possible on foot, searching out all visible remains, including numerous crossing keepers’ cottages and the station sites at West Moors, Verwood, Daggons Road, Fordingbridge, Breamore, Downton and Alderbury Junction.

    Starting at West Moors, the position of the original station and M.O.D. fuel siding is shown, as is the still remaining crossing keeper’s cottage.

    Various sections of track bed are travelled towards Verwood station, taking in crossing keepers’ cottages at Neville Lane, Revel’s Crossing and Horton Common Crossing. Past Verwood, a couple of bridges are used as vantage points before travelling the track bed across Cranborne Common, showing an assortment of bridges and crossings before arriving at Daggons Road station, where remaining clues are captured.

  • Christchurch to Ringwood


    A recreation of the railway journey that used to be possible between Christchurch and Ringwood up until closure in 1935; following very nearly all the remaining track bed and searching out all visible remains.

  • Bexhill West Station stills dvd rom


    A selection of photographs of the clock tower of Bexhill West Station

  • Mortonhampstead to Bovey Trackbed Tour


    Starting at Moretonhampstead, various remains were seen including the goods shed, listed engine shed and a stretch of platform. This was followed by a short stretch of the Wray Trail, giving way to farm track after a short diversion.

    Spectacular granite bridges, towering embankments and deep, rocky cuttings are seen en route to Lustleigh.

  • Hawkhurst Branch Line Trackbed Tour


    Starting at Hawkhurst station site, remaining clues are sought out, including a look inside the remaining engine shed. Thereafter, the course of the track is filmed from public roads until Badger’s Oak tunnel, where the track is travelled to Cranbrook station.

  • Westerham Branch Line Trackbed Tour


    This little branch line was destined to become another preservation success story in the early 1960s, until the powers that be decided to build the M25 motorway along a sizable section of it. Much energy and private finance went into the Westerham Valley Association in an attempt to keep it open with a mixture of commuter and tourist traffic. Sadly, this was not to be and the sections of track bed that escaped being buried under the motorway now remain in short, truncated sections.

  • Weymouth Quay Line Trackbed Travelled


    Starting at Weymouth Quay Ferry Terminal, some shots are taken before travelling the line. Then, with the camera bolted to the top of a car, the line is driven in the early morning (so as to be less cluttered by traffic) as faithfully as possible towards Weymouth station. Sights along the way include the remaining platform at Custom House Quay, Town Bridge and the additional loop that the GWR built in the 1930s to ease the steepness of one of the original curves.

  • Abbotsbury Branch Line Trackbed Explored


    Starting at Abbotsbury, permission to film was obtained from the owner of the house that now occupies the station site. A number of interesting relics were seen in the back garden of the property that would not normally be visible to users of the nearby right of way along the track bed, including a siding and a remaining wall of the original station building. Also looked at in some detail was the perfectly preserved goods shed and the derelict engine shed.

  • Easton to Weymouth Branch Trackbed Tour


    Starting at the station site at Easton, remaining clues were sought out before tracing the track bed out on to the cliffs and along the east coast of the island.

    The bike was used to travel the coast path as far as the forbidding fence around the ex-Admiralty property, now a private port. Permission was kindly granted to access the port and some accompanied filming was allowed, showing some sections of the largely overgrown route travelling through where the Navy were based until the year 2000.

  • West Bay to Maiden Newton Trackbed Tour


    Following an unusual stay of execution, most of this line stayed open until 1975, despite efforts to close it beforehand.

    Starting at the delightful remaining station building at West Bay, the first stretch of the line is cycled (on a vintage Raleigh Chopper). A short distance to the north, where roads have been built over the track bed, a roof-mounted camera is bolted to the top of a car and the journey continues past the site of Bridport East Street station to the site of Bridport (Bradpole Road) station.

  • Lyme Regis Branch Line Trackbed Explored


    Starting at the site of Lyme Regis station on a gloriously sunny day, the course of this line is followed as closely as possible as it heads north through Uplyme. The majority of the track bed is explored on foot all the way to Axminster, taking in the extraordinary Cannington viaduct and the only intermediate station of Combpyne along the way. Effort was put in to featuring as many of the remaining brick and concrete structures as possible.

  • Bishops Waltham to Botley Trackbed Tour


    Opened in 1863, closed to passengers in 1933, this line soldiered on with goods traffic until 1962 when final closure came.

    Starting at site of Bishops Waltham station, the orientation of the station is speculated upon before hopping on the bike and travelling the first kilometre or so of cyclable track bed. Thereafter, a brief section is bypassed (but admired across a field from a distance) before access to the track is regained on foot close to Bishops Waltham water treatment works.

  • A visit to Cannington viaduct at Lyme Regis


    This line was a latecomer, opening in 1903 and running from Axminster to Lyme Regis. The viaduct was the most significant engineering feature on the line, being one of the earliest examples of using concrete to build this sort of structure in the South of England.

  • Brockenhurst to West Moors Trackbed Tour


    Opened in 1847, closed in 1964, explored by Dumpman in 2013.

    A recreation of the train journey that used to be possible between Brockenhurst and West Moors, following very nearly all the remaining track bed.

  • Meon Valley Line (Fareham to Alton) Tour


    A detailed film spread over 5 dvd discs, showing an exploration of the vast majority of the track bed, earthworks, tunnels, stations, bridges and other features that remain on this stretch of disused line.

    Opened in 1903, closed to passengers in 1955, explored by Dumpman Films in 2013.

    This film recreates the journey along the 22 mile track bed of the Meon Valley Line, mostly by bike, partly on foot and briefly by car.

  • Old Blackgang to Niton road explored


    The original road between Blackgang and Niton used to travel along an area known as The Undercliff, one of the most picturesque areas of the Isle of Wight and notoriously prone to landslip. The route was permanently severed in 1928, when a huge cliff fall at the south-eastern end sent a 150 yard section of it plunging towards the sea. Numerous other landslips have occurred since then, including one in 1994 that severely affected the north-eastern end at the site of Blackgang Chine, the well-know amusement park.