Chairman gives thanks for test run

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.

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."

– Peter Sills, Swanage Railway Company Chairman

The chairman said the special train was allowed to run on routes with usually limited access.

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."

– Peter Sills

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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.