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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.

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Plans for new train service by 2015

Swanage Railway was awarded a £1.47m Government grant from the Coastal Communities Fund in February 2013 to re-introduce a regular train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to Wareham by spring 2015 - with the aim of boosting transport, tourism and employment boost to the Isle of Purbeck.

The funding bid bid was supported by the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership including Purbeck District Council, Dorset County Council, Poole Borough Council, Network Rail and South West Trains and Perenco which runs the Wytch Farm oil field north of Corfe Castle.

Swanage Railway is also working in conjunction with the Swanage and Purbeck Hospitality Association and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver improved transport and communication links to the residents and businesses of Purbeck.

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