The Swanage Railway

With the exception of a very brief mention, the Swanage Railway has had very little coverage at Locoyard, for the simple reason that I’ve seen far too little of it.  The Railway runs from the seaside town of Swanage to Norden, and has a connection with the mainline at Wareham, although it has no station there.

It is an ex-LSWR line and resident to the only operational LSWR M7 tank engine in the country (above) which I had the fortune of seeing in steam when visiting Swanage last year.  It is also home to a collection of Bulleid pacifics, owned by Southern Locomotives ltd.

The route is exceptionally picturesque, passing the magnificent and picture-postcard-perfect Corfe Castle and terminating at the traditional English-seaside town of Swanage.  Dorset is a beautiful county well worth exploring, and I would highly recommend a visit to the area and to this line.  Some mainline tours from London run through to Swanage.  It is an ideal rail tour destination, which from an operational point of view, is helped by it having a turntable.

This coming week will see no less than two model reviews, including a review of the Hornby rebuilt West Country class model, inspired by the picture above.  In the meantime, here are few more pictures of the Swanage Railway, taken last year.  Thanks for reading 🙂