Roads to Rail steam rally at Norden 2024 Steam rally helps Swanage Railway get visitor numbers back on track While other heritage railways continue to struggle after the pandemic, Swanage Railway’s recovery plan seems to be working with a bounce back in visitor numbers boosted by special events. 3 weeks ago
Roads to Rail Swanage Railway steam rally Norden near Corfe Castle Swanage Railway steam rally gains traction Now in its fourth year, the Roads to Rail steam rally is to take place near Corfe Castle in Dorset and looks likely to be bigger and better for 2024. 1 month ago
97 year old Gordon visits Swanage Railway Thursday 16 May 2024 Swanage Railway dream day out for 97 year old Gordon A Swanage man who hadn’t left his house for three years except for health appointments, enjoyed a rail day trip on the heritage line, thanks to Swanage Railway and a ... 2 months ago
Steam adventurers Peter Davison, John Sergeant and Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton are welcomed to Swanage Railway by locomotive driver Matt McManus Purbeck back on TV for Channel 5’s Big Steam Adventure A new episode of a surprise hit TV show features Swanage, Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge, as three well known men of a certain age and charm, take a steam journey ... 2 months ago
Swanage Railway Loco derailment at Corfe Heritage loco derails during Swanage Railway diesel gala All services were suspended on Swanage Railway after a heritage diesel locomotive partially derailed as it approached Corfe Castle station on the second day of the diesel gala and beer ... 2 months ago
Swanage Railway diesel gala beer festival 2023 Mix of diesel and beer goes down well at Swanage Railway Back for a 17th year, Swanage Railway’s popular Diesel Gala and Beer Festival is expected to pull in even more visitors to Swanage with a specially laid on train arriving ... 3 months ago
Swanage Railway steam loco T9 30120 at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway embarks on new Victorian loco restoration Not happy to restore just one Victorian steam locomotive, a team from Swanage Railway in Dorset is aiming to get the only surviving T9 locomotive back into action, as well. 3 months ago
Locomotive pulling carriages through Purbeck countryside Swanage Railway ties up with boat and buses for Jurassic adventure In a new marketing push to attract more visitors, Swanage Railway is offering a round trip on a boat and the bus as well as the heritage branch line.  4 months ago
Historic Swanage Railway goes cashless to save money Swanage Railway in Dorset, while celebrating a weekend of Victorian locomotive action, has announced it's to embrace a digital future and won’t be accepting cash at its tills. 4 months ago
LSWR T3 No. 563 launch Swanage October 2023 Pioneering past revisited by Swanage Railway for weekend Putting its current challenges aside for a few days, Swanage Railway is celebrating its heyday with a nostalgic Victorian Weekend - a period of drive and ambition for the railway. 4 months ago
First day of Swanage Railway trains to Wareham 13 June 2017 Swanage Railway scraps plans for regular rail service to Wareham Despite years of battling to reinstate a branch line service between Swanage and Wareham in Dorset, Swanage Railway has dashed any hope of running trains up to the mainline for ... 5 months ago
Volunteers at Swanage Railway were celebrated at a special weekend to help recruit more colleagues Unsung heroes shine as Swanage Railway celebrates its volunteers The magnificent work done by hundreds of Swanage Railway volunteers took centre stage at a special community weekend. 5 months ago
The HRA Awards took place in Brighton on 10th February 2024. The winners of the Steam Railway Magazine award and the Chairmans award. The 563 Swanage Railway Group Swanage Railway volunteers win two top heritage awards The impressive six year restoration of a unique Victorian steam locomotive has scooped two prestigious national awards for a group of Swanage Railway volunteers. 5 months ago
All systems are go for the Swanage Railway community weekend in February 2024 Swanage Railway offers locals half price tickets for weekend Volunteers at Swanage Railway are to give the public a rare chance to see behind the scenes of the award winning heritage railway - with half price train tickets available ... 6 months ago
The T3 563 on her way out of Swanage station on the first of many trips Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend returns Generating a bit of heat at the start of the new year, steam and diesel trains will be back in action at Swanage Railway for its first main event of ... 7 months ago
Polar Express at Swanage Railway Catch Swanage Railway’s Polar Express at a discount Golden tickets are being reduced by 25 percent for the last few days of the popular Polar Express train ride before Swanage Railway in Dorset resumes normal service. 7 months ago
Polar express at Swanage Railway 2023 Swanage’s Polar Express proves popular as more tickets released With 95 percent of tickets sold, the team running the festive Polar Express at Swanage Railway has added extra carriages to the trains in the run up to Christmas. 7 months ago
Polar express 2023 Polar Express magic arrives in Swanage for Christmas With twinkly lights, singing, dancing, hot chocolate, cookies and even some snow, The Polar Express railway experience will be running trips from Swanage station, up to the North Pole 8 months ago
Swanage Railway has launched a £450,000 appeal to save the heritage line for future generations Crisis at Swanage Railway as £450,000 survival fund is launched A second fundraising appeal in three years to save Swanage Railway has been launched due to rising operating costs and declining passenger numbers, alongside management changes and a costcutting exercise. 9 months ago
Back to the future - Victorian and Edwardian costume was the order of the day at Swanage Railway for the first trip of the T3 563 in 75 years Swanage Railway’s newly restored Victorian T3 loco officially launched An occasion that turned the clocks back to the heyday of Victorian steam travel, was held at Swanage Railway to celebrate the T3 locomotive class 563 hauling its first passenger ... 10 months ago
High Speed Train arrives in Swanage High Speed Train arrives in Swanage As unlikely as it sounds, a High Speed Train formerly known as the Inter-city 125 due to its top speed of 125 mph, visited Swanage station - WATCH VIDEO 10 months ago
T3 No. 563 locomotive New Swanage home for 130 year old loco saved from scrap yard A truly remarkable survivor and star of The Railway Children theatre production, the stunning Victorian steam locomotive built in 1893, has finally arrived at its new home on the Swanage ... 11 months ago
On the Polar Express in Devon Santa returns to Swanage Railway for glitzy Hollywood Christmas Back by popular demand, Santa is coming to Swanage Railway for Christmas and for the first time he’ll be bringing the train The Polar Express with him. 1 year ago
Roads to Rail Norden 2022 Steam rally returns to Swanage Railway for third year With the Dorset Steam Fair cancelled for 2023, Swanage Railway is offering enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a local steam rally this year. 1 year ago
Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and beer Festival Swanage Railway brews up popular diesel and beer festival With a growing appreciation of heritage diesel locomotives from the 1960s and the perpetual appeal of beer, Swanage Railway is serving up its annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival ... 1 year ago
Barbecue charcoal arrives at Swanage Railway Swanage Railway saves disposable barbecue charcoal from landfill A supermarket that stopped selling single use barbecues has recycled its old stock and given six tonnes of charcoal briquettes to Swanage Railway. 1 year ago
Swanage Railway arson attack on carriage Attempted arson attack on train carriage at Swanage Railway Causing upset to workers and volunteers at Swanage Railway, vandals have smashed windows and attempted to set light to a train carriage. 1 year ago
Peter Frost and Trevor Parsons on First day of Swanage Railway trial service to Wareham 2023 Swanage Railway’s trial service to Wareham gets up and running The campaign to fully reinstate the rail service between Swanage and Wareham has taken a major leap forward. 1 year ago
Long weekend of steam at Swanage Railway for spring gala Five steam locomotives will be in action for Swanage Railway’s Spring Steam Gala including Britannia, which hauled King George VI's funeral train in 1952. 1 year ago
First day of Swanage Railway trains to Wareham 13 June 2017 Swanage Railway confirms trial train service to Wareham and cost of fare Following long delays and false starts,, a trial rail service is to run between Swanage and the mainline at Wareham from April to September 2023. 1 year ago
The German cruise ship AIDAbella will arrive in Portland on 7th March and offer steam trips from Corfe Castle to Swanage Purbeck day trips back on itinerary for cruise ship tourists Visitor attractions in Purbeck including Swanage, may benefit as cruise ships start to arrive in pre-Covid numbers at Portland in Dorset. 1 year ago
Swanage Railway community engagement event Locals snap up Swanage Railway’s open day offer With greatly reduced ticket prices for Purbeck residents, there was a queue outside Swanage station on the first morning of the heritage railway’s public engagement weekend. 1 year ago
Flying Scotsman at Corfe on Swanage Railway Swanage Railway offers discount train tickets to local residents It’s only for one weekend but Swanage Railway is inviting members of the local community to peek behind the scenes at the heritage branch line. 1 year ago
Alan Greatbatch at Corfe Castle station signal box Swanage Railway volunteer signals his retirement after 31 years The man who set up Swanage Railway’s first signalling school – and helped ensure the safe operation of its trains as a signaller and signal box inspector - has retired ... 2 years ago
heritage freight train at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway holds first steam and diesel special event of the year A nostalgic mix of steam and diesel trains will be in action over Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend. 2 years ago
steam & lights departure from Swanage Railway station Swanage Railway gives a Steam and Lights thank you to its volunteers Swanage Railway prepared for its Christmas Steam and Lights service with a special trip for railway volunteers and invited guests - WATCH VIDEO 2 years ago
Swanage sign at Swanage station with festive lights Swanage Railway facing ‘dire’ times as passenger numbers fall Following a gloomy summer which saw passenger numbers down by 25 percent compared to 2019 Swanage Railway is hoping for a boost over Christmas. 2 years ago
Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Flying Scotsman boosts Swanage economy as thousands visit Fresh from a major overhaul, the iconic steam locomotive’s visit to Swanage Railway has attracted crowds of admirers. 2 years ago
Fire engine and Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Fire crews navigate railway crowds to reach Swanage garage fire Shortly after the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman arrived in Swanage, the local fire station received a report that a garage was on fire. 2 years ago
Flying Scotsman Swanage Flying Scotsman: World’s most famous loco arrives in Swanage Welcomed by crowds eager to get a good photo, the record breaking locomotive steamed into Swanage for a three week flying visit - WATCH VIDEO 2 years ago
Founders of the Swanage Railway Society Andrew Goltz and John Sloboda at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway marks 50 years of battling to restore branch line Two rail enthusiasts who started the fight in 1972 to save Swanage Railway, returned 50 years later to pay tribute to all the volunteers. 2 years ago
Flying Scotsman in Swanage March 2019 Flying Scotsman locomotive to make return trip to Swanage The most famous and iconic steam locomotive in the world is to return to Swanage Railway for a visit this autumn. 2 years ago
Swanage Fire crew tackle trackside fire Multiple trackside fires break out along Swanage Railway line Swanage Fire Station was called out to three separate fires all on the same day, next to the Swanage Railway track. 2 years ago
Herston Halt railway station Putting Purbeck’s ‘forgotten’ railway station on the map The smallest station on the Swanage Railway line, Herston Halt has been given a major sprucing up, helped by the Royal Corps of Signals. 2 years ago
Fire at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway suspends steam loco service after track side fire Following a large fire at Corfe Castle, a diesel train service will replace the steam locos on Swanage Railway "until further notice" - WATCH VIDEO. 2 years ago
Roads to Rail steam rally Norden Saturday 28 August 2021 Swanage Railway’s vintage steam rally is back and it’s bigger Following the success of Swanage Railway’s first Roads to Rail steam event last year, it’s returning for 2022 with more steam traction engines and the chance to dress up in ... 2 years ago
Ian Bradshaw cuts the ribbon on the diesel loco Swanage Railway’s smallest diesel loco steals the show While many eyes were on the 1960s diesel locos at Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, it was the smallest loco that grabbed much of the attention - WATCH ... 2 years ago
Diesel loco at Wareham Look what’s rolled into town for Swanage Railway’s first big event of 2022 A convoy of diesel locos has arrived in town, ahead of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival. 2 years ago
Bird's Nest Buffet at Swanage Railway End of the line for Swanage’s buffet car café? A campaign by a local resident has been launched urging Swanage Railway to keep the Bird’s Nest Buffet at Swanage Station. 2 years ago
First Swanage train arrives Wareham Tuesday 13th June 2017 Major delay as rail service between Swanage and Wareham postponed Swanage Railway has just announced it’s postponing its planned trial diesel train service to the main line at Wareham until the summer of 2023. 2 years ago
T3 locomotive Tender loving care – Swanage Railway nears target to finish restoration Swanage Railway has raised £20,000 towards the restoration of the tender belonging to a unique Victorian steam locomotive, but is still £5,000 short. 2 years ago
Swanage Railway diesel gala May 2019 Big year for Swanage events as Diesel Gala and Beer Festival confirms date Swanage is facing its biggest year ever for events in 2022 and one of the most popular is the return of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival. 2 years ago
Special diesel service at Swanage Railway Swanage Railway on brink of restoring service to Wareham after 50 year battle A special diesel train service on Swanage Railway has marked the 50th anniversary since British Rail closed the branch line from Swanage to Wareham - WATCH VIDEO. 3 years ago
Boiler with firebox; the frames of the loco with the smokebox on them and the wheels. Fundraising effort to get Victorian loco back on Swanage Railway’s tracks Work to restore a Victorian locomotive is steaming ahead after it was gifted to Swanage Railway by the National Railway Museum. 3 years ago
Malcolm Munro and his old 1972 ticket Travel on Swanage Railway for 50p to mark 50th anniversary The heritage railway in Swanage is offering a limited number of tickets at 1972 prices to mark 50 years since the last British Rail train trip. 3 years ago
Swanage Railway station for Steam and Lights Service 2021 Swanage Railway signals start to Christmas with first festive test run Residents got a first glimpse of the Swanage Railway Steam and Lights train service and the offer of a 25 percent discount on tickets - WATCH NEW VIDEO 3 years ago
Volunteers at Swanage Railway Museum celebrate a cash boost Audio recordings from Swanage branch line staff and passengers in the 1950s and 1960s, will transport visitors back in time, after the museum was awarded grant funding. 3 years ago
The Steam and Lights train Swanage Railway’s Steam and Lights train trip is back for Christmas The surprise success that lit up the festive season during a period of gloom in 2020, is returning for 2021. 3 years ago
Happy couple in Swanage Swanage Railway steam event makes for the perfect coupling The romance of the railways inspired a Swanage Railway steam enthusiast to come up with the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. - WATCH VIDEO. 3 years ago
Steam Roller Swanage Railway hosts bank holiday steam extravaganza In its first big event since the latest lockdown, Swanage Railway is staging a four day rally, celebrating steam-powered transport from trains to rollers. 3 years ago
Jonathan Evans volunteer recruitment officer on platform Volunteers urged to get on board at Swanage Railway There’s a new man blowing the whistle for recruits and volunteers to help run the award-winning Swanage Railway. 3 years ago
Fireman on 80104 locomotive Future for Swanage loco uncertain as it faces costly overhaul Much-loved loco 80104 has been withdrawn from service at Swanage Railway and now it needs a full service costing more than £200,000. 3 years ago
Steam locomotive Eddystone being transported through Swanage Newly restored 1940s steam loco surprises Swanage shoppers Spotting a steam train in Swanage isn’t unusual but it was unexpected to see a 1940s locomotive on the road, rather than in the train station. 3 years ago
Swanage Railway locomotive Full steam ahead as Swanage Railway emerges from lockdown Services on Swanage Railway are set to resume following the easing of Covid restrictions, having stoically survived a turbulent year. 3 years ago
Herston carriage shed site & 80104 April 2021 ANDREW PM WRIGHT (2) Swanage Railway puts fundraiser back on track with new behind the scenes video Volunteers from Swanage Railway are aiming to raise £65,000 by the summer to help fund a new carriage storage shed, and have released a new video offering trackside footage of ... 3 years ago
Steam train passing Corfe Castle Swanage attractions receive Easter gift from government A welcome cash boost of over £200,000 has been awarded to Swanage Railway and Durlston Country Park from the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. 3 years ago
Herston carriage shed Work to restart on new Swanage Railway rolling stock shed Construction of a new carriage storage shed had to be halted at the start of lockdown but now volunteers are hoping to raise £65,000 to get the project back on ... 3 years ago
T9-30120 Steam locomotive Green light for Swanage Railway as lockdown lifts The sound of the steam train whistle will reverberate through the town again soon, as Swanage Railway prepares to resume services as lockdown eases. 3 years ago
Guard on Swanage Railway Station Swanage Railway “delighted” as it hits fundraising SOS target Closed down by Covid, the heritage railway launched an ambitious appeal in March 2020 to raise £360,000 and it’s just announced it’s surpassed its goal. 3 years ago
T9-30120 Steam locomotive Hopes rise for steam loco to return to service Moves to help get a hundred year old steam locomotive back into operation have been agreed by Swanage Railway and the National Railway Museum. 3 years ago
Graffiti on railway carriage Swanage Railway’s carriages vandalised by graffiti While Swanage Railway was fundraising to prevent financial ruin due to COVID-19, vandals broke in and damaged two of its heritage carriages. 4 years ago
First steam train since lockdown leaves Swanage Station Sound of steam train whistle returns to Swanage again Swanage Railway was finally able to offer a steam train service to its first paying passengers this weekend, following lockdown - SEE PHOTOS. 4 years ago
The Mayor waves off the first train at Swanage Railway after lockdown First train leaves Swanage Railway Station after lockdown After 15 long weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Swanage Railway has finally reopened - SEE TRAIN VIDEO. 4 years ago
Swanage Railway diesel trains Swanage Railway is back on track! The heritage railway, that’s been facing a funding crisis due to the pandemic, is to reopen soon but it won’t be back to normal yet. 4 years ago
Martin Sheret with a railway poster Swanage Railway’s SOS appeal steams passed the £200k mark Boosted by its videos and media attention, Swanage Railway says it’s closer to securing the railway’s future but still not out of the woods - WATCH NEW VIDEO. 4 years ago
Side view of Battle of Britain class No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’ at Swanage Railway Swanage Railway’s plans to join mainline in “state of limbo” due to coronavirus A new film about Swanage Railway says the pandemic has left its finances in a dire state and plans to link to Wareham are on hold. 4 years ago
Diesel locos at Swanage Railway's Diesel Gala Royal Highland Fusilier and Great Gable locos to visit Swanage Railway The first details have just been revealed about Swanage Railway’s Annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival. 4 years ago