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South Western Railway operate a limited service between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction via Castle Cary. In summer 2016 there was also a "seaside special" service between Weymouth and Salisbury or Waterloo via Yeovil Junction.
Past rolling stock has included locomotive-hauled trains, including British Railways Mark 2 coaches hauled by Class 67 used to strengthen high-demand summer Saturday services in 2008-2010 between Bristol and the seaside resort of Weymouth.
A Bristol to Weymouth Rail Partnership was created in 1998 so that local authorities could support the line. In 2003 this was rebranded as the Heart of Wessex partnership and line. It is designated a Community rail Line.
Accidents and incidents
On 18 March 1849, A passenger train became divided approaching Keynsham. The rear portion then ran into the front portion when the latter stopped at the station. One person was injured.
On 20 January 1853 a luggage train was derailed near Keynsham due to an axle failure on one of the carriages.
On 7 June 1865, a passenger train ran into the rear of another near Keynsham. An empty stock train ran into the wreckage. At least three people were injured.
On 4 August 1868, a passenger train collided with the buffer stops at Weymouth due to poor rail conditions and driver error. Six people were injured.
On 28 October 1873, a mail train passed a signal at danger and collided with a luggage train at Westbury.
On 11 June 1875,a passenger train was derailed at Bathampton Junction. One person was killed and six were injured, three seriously.
On 2 July 1876, a freight train was derailed at Bathampton Junction.
On 15 August 1876 a freight train was derailed at Hampton Row after a bale of cotton fell off a wagon and derailed the one behind it.
On 24 October 1882, a passenger train was derailed near Cattistock when a bridge collapsed under it due to a storm. One person was severely injured, several others were also injured.
On 25 August 1974, a passenger train was derailed at Dorchester West after passing a signal at danger. Eighteen people were injured.
On 24 March 1987, a passenger train and a freight train were in a head-on collision at Frome due to the freight train passing a signal at danger. Locomotives 33 032 and 47 202 were severely damaged. Fifteen people were injured, some seriously.
On 10 November 2008, a freight train was derailed at East Somerset Junction due to a signalman's error.