All aboard the new train

Dorset County Council chairman Cllr John Wilson, Swanage Railway Company chairman Peter Sills and Swanage Mayor Cllr Bill Trite
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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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.