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What was it about Bournemouth that made the Southern name trains going its way? The Bournemouth Limited, a direct service between London and the Dorset resort, was introduced on 8th July 1929. Since this poster refers to the new train, I deduce this must be dated the same year.

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The train ran, I believe, until the Second World War. The service was reinstated but unnamed in October 1945 and was renamed The Royal Wessex by British Railways in 1951.

This is a fairly poor quality illustration but is included here because of its rarity value. If you know of a better version or image, please let us know.

The original of this featured in an exhibition at Georgetown University in 2001. See http://www.library.georgetown.edu/exhibition/vintage-british-railway-posters-collection-jeremiah-j-oconnor

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Keywords: Southern Railway poster; Bournemouth Limited; New 1929; Royal Wessex; London; Waterloo; direct service; 108 miles

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