Blandford Railway Arches Trust

Sustaining Blandford’s railway heritage

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About us – what’s the issue?

The Blandford Railway Arches Trust (BRAT) was formed when the flood arches which once carried the Somerset & Dorset railway line over the river Stour at Langton Meadows came under threat of demolition for the third time in their 150 year history. The first time was after the railway closed when the rest of the embankment and viaduct over the Wimborne Road were removed, the second was when North Dorset District Council decided they no longer wanted them, and the third was when Blandford Town Council, which had taken them on with a long peppercorn lease, felt that they too had no real use for them.

The Railway Arches project – an outdoor venue and viewing platform

BRAT successfully campaigned for their retention and repair, and then to re-invent them as an outdoor venue for the town by organising events and gaining planning permission and funding for a staircase to the top to enhance the area and extend the scope for their use.

Once the staircase had been installed and the track-bed cleared,  with funding from NDLAG LEADER, final works were awaited to enable it to be open to the public during the day. And from September 2020, the gate to the staircase was open daily from 9am to 2.30pm for people to access the top and view over the meadows. Interpretation boards detailing the history of the railway and wildlife on the meadows have also been installed. For further details call 01258 459346.

And for more information see

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Get in touch

Phone Number01258 459346


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For activities in the Blandford area see: Age Concern Blandford: 4 Nightingale Court East Street Blandford, email: [email protected], Blandford Allotment Society: web: Blandford Amateur Boxing Club, meets Thursdays, United Reformed Church Blandford Art Society: web: Blandford Bowling Club, Park Road, Blandford: web: Blandford Brownies and Guides: email: [email protected] Blandford Business Club: meets on a Wednesday morning at 7.15 am for breakfast every two weeks in the Hall & Woodhouse Visitors Centre  web: Blandford Cricket Club, Park Road, Blandford: Blandford Dementia Action Alliance: web:, email [email protected] Blandford Evening Women’s Institute: Blandford & Mortain Twinning Association: Blandford Preetz Friendship Association: email: [email protected] Blandford Men’s Shed, Milldown Road, Blandford DT11 7SQ, email [email protected] Blandford Railway Arches Trust, 01258 459346 Blandford Rotary Club (lunchtime), web: Blandford Town Museum, Bere’s Yard, Market Place, Blandford;;  email [email protected] or call 01258 450388 Blandford Fashion Museum, The Plocks, Blandford; web: Blandford Film Society: web: Blandford Flyers Swimming Club, meets Blandford Leisure Centre, Blandford Forum Camera Club, Station Court, Blandford: web: Blandford Forum Gymnastics Club, Blandford Heights Industrial Estate: web: Blandford Georgian Fayre: email: [email protected]; web: Blandford Opportunity Group, Whitecliff Gardens, Blandford: email: [email protected] Blanadford

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