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Dorchester Trains

By alan ainsworth (legacy user)29/9/2014 13:39Mon Sep 29 13:39:06 2014In response to Dorchester Away!

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It's a three-hour-plus journey from Waterloo; slightly quicker from Paddington, though trains from there are less frequent and you'll have to change.
The "cheap" day return fare is £58.10.
Ouch!
There is a bus replacement service on the Winchester to Southampton section of line on Saturday 11th, so it would be prudent to use trains that dive south early and head along the coast - avoiding the bus replacement. The trains not involving a bus replacement section all leave at "05" minutes past the hour.
For those in chronic need of a day on the sauce, there are one-way tickets for £19.40 on the 08:05 departure from Waterloo, arriving into Dorchester South 11:12.
It's £23.60 on the 9:05, 10:05 and 11:05 trains from Waterloo, arriving into Dorchester South at 12:12, 13:12 and 14:12 respectively.
Be aware that trains not leaving at "05" minutes past the hour will involve a bus replacement section.
The 11:00 departure from Paddington, arriving Dorchester West at 13:52, after a change at Westbury, has one-way tickets for £24.40.
As for return trains, those quick on their pins could risk the £14.00 single on the 17:13 from Dorchester South, arriving Waterloo at 20:27. I'd say it's six furlongs from ground to station.
£19.40 is the cheapest you'll get on the 18:13 and 19:13 trains from Dorchester South to Waterloo. The 19:13 is the last direct train back.
A return train journey from either Wellington or Telford Central to Dorchester, via changes at New Street & Temple Meads, will set you back an eyewatering £104. Considering Shrewsbury's no closer to Dorchester - I'd say it was slightly further away - it's a mickey-take that the Shrewsbury to Dorchester fare, via Newport, is £84.70.

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