Parkstone railway station serves the Parkstone area of Poole in Dorset and is operated by South West Trains. The station is located midway between Poole and Branksome.
Parkstone station has two platforms and is mainly brick-built with large wooden canopies. The main station buildings are now on the up side of the line (towards Bournemouth).
Access to the down line (towards Poole) is via an iron footbridge. The bridge used to have a glazed roof, but in later years it was removed from the footbridge. The waiting rooms and canopy were removed from the ‘down side’ platform and replaced with smaller shelters.
The station can accommodate trains of up to five coaches, longer trains only open the doors in the first five or four coaches depending on the type of unit operating the service.
Until 1967 a branch goods line ran from Parkstone Station to the George Jennings South Western Pottery. Until 1922 the line extended from the Pottery to Salterns Pier, on the northern shores of Poole Harbour.
Parkstone’s platform sign used to say “Parkstone for Sandbanks”.
Parkstone Station is now staffed by Malcolm, who not only sells tickets but keeps the station spick and span and free from litter, and it is immaculate thanks to his efforts. Malcolm has planted his own bulbs on the banks of the station, keeps the hedges trimmed and the waiting room is a gem of railway memorabilia. This popular and helpful member of staff will lose his job at Parkstone if the McNulty recommendations go ahead, and goodness knows what will happen to the Station.
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