Corfe Castle's connecting train

A £1.49m project to restore passenger services from Wareham to Swanage has run a special train along the route to show how the scheme is developing.

A diesel train at Corfe Castle station
Calling in at Corfe Castle station Credit: Andrew P.M. Wright

It was the first time that a SouthWest Trains diesel train had visited a heritage railway, the Class 159 unit passing the popular Swanage Railway steam service – hauled by 1940s Brighton-built West Country class Bulleid Pacific No. 34028 'Eddystone' – at Harman's Cross station.

he diesel engine passes the Swanage Railway steam service
The old meets the new: the diesel engine passes the Swanage Railway steam service Credit: Andrew P.M. Wright


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.