The chairman of a project to restore regular rail services between Swanage and Corfe Castle and Wareham has thanked SouthWest trains and Network Rail for the chance to run a special train along the route.
Peter Sills travelled on the last British Rail train from Swanage as a teenager in 1972.
– Peter Sills, Swanage Railway Company Chairman
I am very grateful indeed to SouthWest Trains and Network Rail for their very kind help in enabling this historic and very special train to run on our behalf. It gave us the chance to show the progress being made towards re-introducing an amenity train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to the main line at Wareham – Beeching in reverse. It was a very exciting day and the feedback was very positive."
The chairman said the special train was allowed to run on routes with usually limited access.
– Peter Sills
The special train also enabled our guests to travel on the three mile Network Rail line from Worgret Junction, on the main London to Weymouth line just west of Wareham, to the start of the Swanage Railway just east of Furzebrook – a stretch of line only used by occasional excursion trains from various parts of the country down to Corfe Castle and Swanage."