Swanage Railway September 2015 (05)  Ex-LSWR M7 class 30053 and T9 class 30120

Drummond (s) in Dorset

We British love almost nothing more than complaining about the weather, but the start of Autumn this 2015 has been nothing short of fantastic (ignoring the weather today at any rate!)  And what better way to spend this belated summer with friends in Dorset and of course no visit to Dorset is complete without a trip to the…

2013 Great Spring Steam Gala - Watercress Line - Medstead & Four Marks - Ex-LSWR T9 class - 30120

A Southern Steam Summer for the Swanage Railway

This summer, the Swanage Railway promises to be a quite incredible British Railways Southern region recreation.  The National Collection’s unique ex-LSWR T9 class 30120 arrived on the line today for a stay until October.  The locomotive is usually based on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, but is taking its summer vacation in Dorset for 2015.

2014 - Swanage Railway - Swanage - Class 33 - 33111

Swanage Galas!

The Swanage Railway will be hosting two big events in the next couple of months, namely their steam gala from Friday, 17 April to Sunday, 19 April, 2015 and their Diesel Gala from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May, 2015.  Both events are shaping up nicely.

Swanage Railway – Easter 2014 Visit

In the midst of a busy time, a visit to the Swanage Railway provided a lovely respite!  The railway runs from Norden via Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross (below) to the lovely beach and seaside town of Swanage.  My wife and I had a lovely day out and I highly recommend a visit to the line. …

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is without doubt one of the most iconic landmarks of southern England.  With a history going back over a thousand years, it has been a feature of the landscape for far longer than the railway has and provides a fascinating contrast and depth to the heritage railway. Anyone who visits the Swanage Railway…

Locomotives in Swanage

The two locomotives in service on Easter Monday were M7 tank 30053 (click here for more) and rebuilt West Country pacific 34028 Eddystone (click here for more).  However, there was more to see at Swanage, particularly when passing by on the train (note to enthusiasts – be ready by an open window before the train…