A NEW exhibition will look at an historic railway line in west Dorset and east Devon.

The closure of the Bluebell railway line from Lyme Regis to Axminster will be delved into at Lyme Regis Museum next week (7).

The display will take place in the Rotunda at the museum, and will show what the line was like during its short life from 1903 until it closed in 1965.

The Lyme Billy, known as the Bluebell line, which opened on August 24, 1903, was axed 50 years ago by Dr Richard Beeching.

The exhibition will include material from local historian Ken Gollop and from museum researcher Richard Bull.

There will also be a newly commissioned painting on display, The Early Train to Lyme, by accomplished local transport artist Michael Stride.

Lyme Regis Museum's station model will be set out as on closure day.

There will also be mementoes of the line and a range of images on display.

The exhibition will run until early December. For more information, please call Lyme Regis Museum on 01297 443370 or email info@lymeregismuseum.co.uk