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Swanage Railway – Easter 2014 Visit

2014 - Swanage Railway - Swanage - Class 33 - 33202 Dennis G Robinson & Ex-LSWR M7 class - BR 30053In 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.  Please be sure to check out the railway’s website for details of opening times and events.

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Corfe Castle

2014 - Swanage Railway - Corfe Castle - Ex-LSWR M7 class - BR 30053Corfe 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.

2014 - Swanage Railway - Corfe Castle - Ex-LSWR M7 class - BR 30053

Anyone who visits the Swanage Railway should take some time to make the most of Corfe Castle by visiting the National Trust property and also explore the area and station, it really is so beautiful!


Locomotives in Swanage

2014 - Swanage Railway - Swanage - Class 33 - 33111The 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 arrives at Swanage!)  There were two Southern region diesel class 33 locomotives, 33/1 33111 (pictured above and below) and a 33/2  variant – 33202 Denis G Robinson.


Rebuilt Bulleid Pacific 34028 Eddystone

2014 - Swanage Railway - Nordon - Rebuilt West Country class - 34028 EddystoneThe second locomotive in action at the Swanage Railway was rebuilt West Country Pacific 34028 Eddystone (the other being M7 tank 30053 – click here for more).  Here are a few pictures of this large steam engine running on Easter Monday. 


M7 Tank 30053

2014 - Swanage Railway - Corfe Castle - Ex-LSWR M7 class - BR 30053On Easter Monday I had the pleasure of visiting and traveling on the Swanage Railway in Dorset with Mrs Locoyard.  Two locomotives were in steam, including BR lined black liveried M7 tank engine 30053 (the other being 34028 Eddystone).  This characterful 0-4-4T locomotive has  featured several times on this blog, but despite seeing it several times, this is the first time that I have been hauled by it!



2013 - Swanage Railway - Corfe Castle - Secundus

Today’s blog post is the final report from a visit to the Swanage Railway and is of a remarkable narrow gauge locomotive that can be found on display at Corfe Castle Museum.


BR Standard 4MT Tank and other Swanage Railway Stock

2013 - Swanage Railway - Swanage - BR Standard class 4MT - 80104Today we almost round-off the report from last week’s visit to the Swanage Railway, with a few pictures of BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80104 and other stock, including brake vans and cranes.


Rebuilt West Country Pacific 34028 Eddystone

2013 - Swanage Railway - Norden - Rebuilt West Country class - 34028 EddystoneOur “stead” for the day whilst visiting the Swanage Railway was the rather magnificent rebuilt West Country Pacific 34028 Eddystone.


Diesel Power

2013 - Swanage Railway - Swanage - class 08 - 08 436 - D3551 & class 20 - 20142

Whilst at the Swanage Railway on the 13th April, I noticed that there were many diesel locomotives to be seen, many of them visitors as it was the day after the line’s diesel gala.


Gallery of Views of the Swanage Railway

2013 - Swanage Railway - Norden to Corfe Castle - Rebuilt West Country class - 34028 Eddystone

The Swanage Railway runs a short but very picturesque route from Norden to Swanage, passing through the magnificent Corfe Castle (above) and Harman’s Cross.


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