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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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All aboard the new train

Dorset County Council chairman Cllr John Wilson, Swanage Railway Company chairman Peter Sills and Swanage Mayor Bill Trite Credit: Andrew P.M. Wright

History has been made with SouthWest Trains running its first passenger train from Bournemouth to Corfe Castle and Swanage as part of a £1.49m project to restore services on the line by April 2015. It's been more than 40 years since services ended under British Rail.

A special class 159 diesel train picked up dignitaries and stakeholders at Bournemouth, Poole and Wareham before travelling to down to Corfe Castle and Swanage.

A second return trip from Wareham to Corfe Castle and Swanage took place for Swanage Railway volunteers and staff – some of whom had travelled on the last British Rail train from Swanage to Wareham in January, 1972.

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