Photo Credit Andrew P.M. Wright

Swanage Dream Nearly Realized

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…

2013 Great Spring Steam Gala - Watercress Line - Ropley - N15 777 Sir Lamiel & Unrebuilt West Country 34007 Wadebridge

Southern Steam Feast for Swanage Gala

The Swanage Railway will be holding their Autumn Steam gala 14th to 16th October. It promises to have quite an incredible collection of Southern locomotives, with two visitors from the National Collection – King Arthur class 777 Sir Lamiel and ex-LSWR T9 class 30120.  These will be supplemented by the home fleet with U class 31806,…

Swanage Railway September 2015 (15) Corfe Castle Bulleid unrebuilt West Country Class 34070 Manston

The Last Southern Railway Steam Locomotive

Battle of Britain class Manston has the honour of being the last locomotive to be built by Southern Railway.  It was originally numbered 21C170 when it emerged from Brighton Works in November 1947 in malachite green livery, in contrast to the later BR Brunswick green livery it now carries in preservation.  Manston’s other claim to fame…

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.