A Sidmouth Supplement
Try First Great Western journey planner ...
But there was one small bonus from the frustration of foraging for the facts about the diversion. fbb had never, previously, travelled to or via Chandler's Ford station so it was, most emphatically, a "cop". ["cop" : word used by elderly ferroequinologists to signify a train seen for the first time or a journey made for the first time.]
The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway in 1847 and is pictured here in 1920.
Passenger services were withdrawn in May 1969. With significant funding from Hampshire County Council, Chandler's Ford was reopened for passenger traffic on 18 May 2003,
although the new station building was not completed until later in the year. It was officially opened on 19 October 2003 by the television gardening presenter Charlie Dimmock**, who lives in the area. The station originally had two platforms, but only one has been in use since the reopening, as the line is now single-track.
Initially, custom for the re-opened station was less than expected and there was even talk of re-closing the station and withdrawing the Southampton, Chandler's Ford and Romsey service completely. Such gossip has now faded away.
Please, please, PLEASE : why is it so hard to unearth important information from railway web sites? Isn't it about time (groan; "about time", as in timetables: gettit?) they cleared out the clutter and make it simple?
Although finding the information was a struggle, the actual journey was trouble free, efficient and utterly on time all the way. Railway travel at its very best.
** Charlie Dimmock (born Charlotte Elouise Dimmock on 10 August 1966) ...
But, surely, this misses the point completely. The incarnation (birth of Jesus) is recorded as a "supernatural" event. The word "God" can be defined as:- a sentient "being" outside of space and times and beyond any physical limitations of mere mortals. A "God" can, by definition, quite easily "create" a star, whenever and wherever he wants, because, as the advert says, that's what it says on the tin; because he IS God. He can, by definition, overrule any laws of physics that limit us.
Of course, if you are one who can't, don't or won't believe; or even accept the possibility of belief, then the star might be a problem.
He made two lights; the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night. He also made the stars.