The Swanage Railway (Purbeck Line) was the Southern Railways line from the Mainline at Wareham to Swanage.
The line today runs from Norden to Swanage, a distance of 6 miles, through the Beautiful Purbeck Countryside.
Norden is the at Western end of the line, here there is a small Buffet, Play area, and a clay mine museum (Not SR operated)!
There are three intermediate stops.
The first running from Norden, is Corfe Castle. Here you can alight and visit the famous Corfe Castle, owned by the National Trust, or you can visit the museum located in the old Goods Shed.
Next is Harman’s Cross, a lovely tranquil countryside station near the Village of Harman’s Cross. This is main passing point on the line!
On again is Herston Halt. This is a request stop. It is a great place for alighting for a nice walk in the country, or to the Coast.
And Finally we come to Swanage, the Railways HQ.
Swanage is the end of the line, at Swanage are the Railways engine sheds, works, Turntable, station shop and buffet. The beach is just a short walk from the station!
The line has 4 operational steam lcomotives and 4 diesel locos.
Most trains are steam hauled.
The railway gets it’s fair share of mainline traffic too. A number of mainline steam excursions run to the line each year.
Operating Dates: Selected dates November to March. Daily April to October.
Line Length: 6 miles
- SR 4-6-2 “Battle of Britain” No. 34070 Manston
- LSWR 0-4-4T M7 No.30053
- SR 4-6-2 “West Country” No. 34028 Eddystone
- BR 2-6-4T 4MT No.80104
- GWR 0-6-2T No.6695
- BR Bo-Bo Class 33 Nos. 33103 & 33111
- BR class 121 “Bubble Car” No. W55028
Here some pictures of the Swanage Railway. (All credit to Andrew P .M. Wright.)