Swanage Dream Nearly Realized

Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

A rail link from Swanage to Wareham has been a dream for many for nearly 45 years.  Project Wareham is a hugely ambitious plan to turn that dream into a reality by completing the Purbeck Line, extending from its current terminus of operations in Norden to Network Rail at Wareham – but not just as a heritage railway, but as a commuter route.  The Swanage Railway have reported some largely good news to start the new year, that work to complete the three mile section is almost complete.

Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

One of the major infrastructure improvements is the state of the art level crossing installed on the access road to the Wytch Farm oil field and Norden station.  Other incredible feats include 2,235 cubic metres of earth excavated – and a new siding laid – so a new road-rail interchange could be built to enable the creation of the Norden Gates level crossing.

Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

To read the full article please click on the below link.  Many thanks to Andrew P.M. Wright for allowing us to use his images and text.

www.swanagerailway.co.uk/news/detail/major-line-upgrade-almost-complete-and-challenge-of-restoring-heritage-diesel-trains-for-main-line-running

Thanks for reading.

 

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