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Swanage Railway's 'Winter Warm Up'

The train will take passengers on a journey with beautiful surroundings Credit: Swanage Railway

Classic steam and diesel locomotives will be running through the Dorset countryside this festive time as part of a special gala day.

Swanage Railway volunteers will take passengers from Swanage, Herston Halt, Harman's Cross Corfe Castle and Norden Park & Ride on Saturday, 28 December, 2013.

Passengers can ride in the locomotives over the festive period Credit: Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway General Manager Richard Jones said: "The public will be able to enjoy the nostalgic delights of classic steam and diesel locomotives – and an evocative freight train from yesteryear – against the beautiful backdrop of the Purbeck countryside and the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle."

One of the classic steam trains at the volunteer-lead railway Credit: Swanage Railway

Adding to the 'Winter Warm Up' day's nostalgia, a milk tanker wagon will be attached to the steam trains in a throwback to when freight wagons were added to passenger trains and back to the days when there was a dairy next to Corfe Castle station with the milk being sent away by steam train.

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Engineers prepare for winter

As the winter months approach engineers at Southern Electric are taking part in high level training to make sure they are prepared for any electrical faults.

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Southern Electric engineers take part in winter training Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern Electric has invested more than £12m to strengthen the network in the Berkshire area in preparation for winter.

This is part of a £90m project in the region covering Hampshire, Dorset. Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Snow warm and well

by David Johns

With the temperatures plunging below zero, for many of us the solution is simple: turn on the heating. But for many others, having the heating on all the time is just too costly. And we can all do with saving money on our energy bills.

So, the advice from the NHS is to put on more layers of clothes even when indoors. And this afternoon a group of students in Maidstone put on an experiment to see what kind of clothes keep you warmest. David Johns reports.

Winter wildlife: your pictures

Yesterday we showed you a picture sent in by a viewer of a robin eating out of his hand.

We asked you to send in your pictures of winter wildlife as well. So here's a selection of them.

Lynne Jefford's picture shows a feeding blue tit in her Southampton garden Credit: Lynne Jefford
And more birds from Lynne's garden Credit: Lynne Jefford
A moody picture of flooded fields in Winchester Credit: Linda Holtby
Finally, Gary Denton's French Mastiff Ozzy from Berkshire looks like he's had a little too much Christmas spirit Credit: Gary Denton

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Oxfordshire village is region's coldest spot

Temperatures dipped to a low of -7.9C in South Newington, Oxfordshire, last night - the coldest recorded temperature from the Met Office for the Meridian region. The coldest temperature in the UK was recorded in Aberdeenshire as -11.3C.

In England, the coldest temperature recorded by the Met Office was -8.3C in Gloucestershire.

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