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

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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.