First train in more than 40 years to Swanage

The first modern train on the line from Bournemouth to Corfe Castle and Swanage since 1972
Full diesel ahead: the first modern train on the line from Bournemouth to Corfe Castle and Swanage since 1972 Credit: Andrew P.M. Wright

History has been made by the running of first passenger train from Bournemouth to Corfe Castle and Swanage since New Year's Day in 1972.

The trip was to show dignitaries and stakeholders the progress being made towards re-introducing a regular train service between Swanage and Wareham.

The last British Rail trains ran on the dying Swanage branch line in 1972 before it was closed and the tracks taken up for scrap.

The visit of the modern three-coach SouthWest Trains Class 159 diesel train took place on the day before the 50th anniversary of the controversial Beeching Report, of 1963, which closed several railway lines in Dorset.

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First new train on heritage line

SouthWest Trains has run its first passenger train from Bournemouth to Corfe Castle and Swanage to show the progress being made towards re-introducing a regular service from Swanage to Wareham.