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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