(All pics 7.8.1973 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)
I'd caught tantalising glimpses of Dorchester West on car trips to the west country in the 60s and had always assumed it to be closed! It was boarded up and run down and I never saw a train there.
Years later I got to visit the station, walking from Dorchester South to catch a train to Maiden Newton and changing for Bridport. It was still boarded up but definitely open!
This has always been a delightful route, similar to the S&D in many ways. Whilst the Bridport branch is no longer (currently!) open the main line onwards to Yeovil and Castle Cary is, and busier than it's been for many years. Back in 1973 there were first generation DMUs and (as the pictures show) some class 47 hauled trains as well. I've never seen freight on this line.
All in all a recommended route, though more for scenery than trains!