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The Swanage Railway runs for 11 miles (17.7 km) through delightful Dorset countryside in south England. The railway runs between Swanage (Norden) and Wareham, passing historic Corfe Castle on the way.
Built in 1885, the line was known as the Purbeck Branch. It brought tourists from London and serviced two major south-east Dorset industries – the ball clay pits and an oilfield. In 1972, despite great local opposition, the branch line was closed except for a short stretch of track from Furzebrook to the main line junction at Worgret for freight.
Local enthusiasts re-open line
A move by local enthusiasts to re-open the line as a public transport link to Wareham
started in 1975. New stations were built at Herston Halt and Harman's Cross. A new Park and Ride station was built beyond Corfe Castle
at Norden and in 1995 the line from Swanage to Corfe Castle
The Victorian stations have been restored to their former glory and there is an excellent Railway Museum in the converted Goods shed at Corfe Castle Station.
Rolling stock in use includes steam and diesel locomotives and Diesel Multiple Units. On special occasions the ‘Dorset Belle’ Pullman observation car is run. Don’t miss travelling on it if it is running.
Swanage Railway can be accessed from the Mainline Rail system at Wareham using Web: South West Trains External Link
From Wareham the visitor needs to board the Wilts and Dorset buses to join with the Swanage Railway at Norden.
It is perfectly feasible to spend a day on this railway if staying in London. Swanage Railway is an excellent way to get to Corfe Castle or to just spend a day ‘messing about in trains’.
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here: External Link
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1929 425 800
For detailed information, there is no better place to go than the Swanage Railway official website
Google Map - Swanage Railway