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Written by Jack Haynes - 06 Jan 2015
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Location notes
A small unmanned village station on the Castle Cary to Weymouth line around 9 miles north west of Dorchester.
Railway type and traffic
The section of line between Maiden Newton and Yeovil Pen Mill is single track, and single line token exchange operates between these two stations.
Mainly First Great Western Class 150s, 158s and 153s operating services to Weymouth and Bristol Temple Meads.
Occasional charter traffic throughout the year aswell as ECS and light engine charter moves to and from Yeovil Junction and Weymouth operated by Steam and Diesel Traction.
There is no booked freight but every now and again the Network Rail Structure Gauging Train makes an appearance.
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Environment
The station is situated next to fields and houses on the edge of the village. The main station building is occupied by a small business.
Road directions
From the Dorchester direction take the first exit on the left after passing through the village of Grimstone. Follow this road along, passing through the village of Frampton along the way. Once you have arrived into the centre of Maiden Newton, turn right onto Church Road. Follow this road round to the right and then turn off onto Station Road on the right, and the station is around 500 yards up this road on the right.

If coming from the Yeovil direction on the A37, take the turning on the right at the Folly Hill Junction and follow this road for around 1.5 to 2 miles. Once you have passed over the railway, around a quarter of a mile later the turning for the station is on the left, which is a very sharp hairpin bend. Follow this road and the station is on your right.
Please note that the latter direction from the Folly Hill turning down into Maiden Newton is quite steep in some places with some blind corners.

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Maiden Newton map co-ordinates
Parking
The station has a small car park.
Public transport
Bus services operate from the village, as well as train services stopping at the station.

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Amenities
The station does not have any toilets, but there are pubs and shops within the village.
Accommodation
A selection of accommodation is available within Maiden Newton and surrounding areas.
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Maiden Newton

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Photographic notes
Personally I have found that lighting is best from the beginning of the afternoon to the evening, with the sun making its way round to the north end of the station at the end of the day. On a clear sunny day, some very good shots can be obtained of trains sat in the station waiting to pass another train from either direction.


General views - All photographs © Jack Haynes unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 3 - Lookingsouth east


Fig 3 - Lookingsouth east


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