Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
(1859-present)

thing and railway

Aged 161

The Salisbury and Yeovil Railway linked Salisbury (Wiltshire), Gillingham (Dorset) and Yeovil (Somerset) in England. Opened in stages in 1859 and 1860, it formed a bridge route between the main London and South Western Railway (LSWR) network and its lines in Devon and Cornwall. Its trains were operated by the LSWR and it was sold to that company in 1878. Apart from a short section in Yeovil it remains open and carries the London Waterloo to Exeter service of South West Trains. Despite being founded after the "Railway Mania" of the 1840s, it proved to be one of the most profitable railways in the United Kingdom. This was in part due to carrying all LSWR trains to the south west, and in part due to the very good terms agreed for the LSWR to operate the trains. When the company finally sold out to the LSWR in 1878, it held out for a price which saw the shareholders receive more than the face value of their shares.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

Geof Sheppard on Wikimedia Commons

On April 3rd 1856 The Right Hon Miss Seymour dug the first turf for The Salisbury and Yeovil Railway which opened on May 2nd 1859

Gillingham Station, Gillingham, Dorset, United Kingdom where it sited