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It's all relative as waiting room revamp at Brockenhurst station unveiled by descendant of line's founder




From left, SWR platform supervisor Ewan Smith-Wainwright, Monica Fulford and John Wingham, secretary of the Friends of Brockenhurst Station
From left, SWR platform supervisor Ewan Smith-Wainwright, Monica Fulford and John Wingham, secretary of the Friends of Brockenhurst Station

A MAJOR renovation of a waiting room at Brockenhurst railway station has been unveiled by a descendent of the line’s founder.

Monica Fulford cut the ribbon on Platform 3’s waiting room which has been re-plastered and decorated, given a new heater and information board, and features an exhibition telling the history of the station.

Her great-great-granduncle was Charles Castleman, a Wimborne solicitor who created the railway through Brockenhurst in 1847.

Mr Castleman put together the company which extended the so-called “corkscrew” line west from Southampton to Dorchester, when it also went via Ringwood and Wimborne as Bournemouth was then only a small village.

Monica said: “The Dorchester line through Brockenhurst opened new possibilities, which we don’t always appreciate these days, of visiting relatives, going on holiday or just working away from home, thus widening everyone’s physical and mental horizons.

The revamped waiting room
The revamped waiting room

“It was nicknamed after both Charles Castleman and the fact that on a map travelling north and south it looked like a corkscrew!

“It enabled people to travel at a speed that horse-drawn transport could not match, and the fact that Charles Castleman is my ancestor makes me proud of his foresight and achievement.”

David Bennett, chair of the Friends of Brockenhurst Station, said: “South Western Railway have put a lot of effort into the new room which had peeling paint and bits of the ceiling were falling down.

“As well as looking smarter and having a live information board, we were also encouraged to put together the small history exhibition which is now on the walls of the room.

“We hope passengers enjoy some of the fascinating tales we’ve uncovered and the history which took place around them.”

He added: “We were delighted Monica agreed to open the room, linking more than 170 years of history together.”



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