LAZY FRIDAY: VISIT THE SWANAGE STEAM RAILWAY

WHERE IS THE SWANAGE STEAM RAILWAY?

It is to be found on the Isle of Purbeck that is in the South East corner of the beautiful County of Dorset.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY OF THE SWANAGE STEAM RAILWAY

It first arrived in Swanage in 1885 and The London and South Western Railway Company operated it.

When Beeching was closing railways all over the country in 1963 – Swanage Steam Railway had a stay of execution.

But that was only temporary, because in January 1972 British Railways closed the line. Then they lifted all the tracks from Swanage to Corfe Castle and Furzebrook – all seven miles of it.

However in 1975 Swanage Railway Society were granted a licence to occupy the by then disused Swanage station site. Since then the dedicated volunteers have with great love and care, restored the railway to what you see today but the work is always ongoing.

Visitors to the Swanage Steam Railway can safely park their cars in a 300 space Warden attended parking lot in nearby Norden Park. There is a Park and Ride Facility from Norden Park.

It was on January 3rd 2002 – exactly 30 years to the day when the line was closed, the Swanage Railway laid their final panel of track to the buffer stop at Motala near Furzebrook.

Swanage Railway was officially recognised on Sunday September 8th 2002 when a four coach Virgin Voyager unit came down to the branch from the mainline to Swanage station.

Here it was officially named ‘Dorset Voyager’ by two longstanding volunteers of the Swanage Railway – also present was Chris Green, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE SWANAGE RAILWAY?

• The restoration of the Rail Link between Swanage and Wareham and the re-establishment of a daily service to connect with main line trains.
• The creation of a comprehensive historical record of steam railways and steam technology in Southern England.
You can visit their website at http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

DORSET WELCOMES YOU TO ITS PREMIER STANDARD GAUGE PRESERVED STEAM RAILWAY

The train currently runs on six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, passing through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.

WHEN DO THE TRAINS RUN?

Trains run over the full length of the Swanage Railway every weekend and Bank Holiday from mid February to the end of the year, and every day of the week from April to October.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

As the Swanage Railway is mostly run by volunteers – there is always a need for more willing hands.

EVENTS COMING UP SOON

Beer Festival and Grand Diesel Gala – Friday May 9th – Sunday May 11th 2008.

A feast of action with visiting locomotives and of course Real Ale.

Come on all you steam train enthusiasts.

For ticket enquiries:

Write to:

Reservations
Swanage Railway Co Ltd
Station House
Swanage
BH19 1HB

Tel: 01929 425800 (10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday)

Eva

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