The Swanage Rail,way route, one of UK's most picturesque train journeys, was built in 1885. The line, running from near Wareham in Dorset to Swanage, was a Victorian section of the British Rail System that gradually became derelict by the middle of the twentieth century.
About half a century after the Swanage Branch Line was closed down, a campaign by citizens and rail enthusiasts has resulted in the service being fully reinstated. relaid the track, restored the signalling, and reopened the picturesque stations along the route.
The trial service run uses two heritage diesel trains refurbished and enhanced by professional contractors.
Swanage Railway is currently operating the first diesel multiple unit service along the Wareham mainline in 51 years as part of a 90-day trial, four-day-a-week historic train service that will run till September 10, 2023. Tickets will be available to buy via mainline train operator South Western Railway.
Rail passengers will now be able to travel from Wareham to Swanage and return on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays till September 2023 - a total of 90 days.
Several new experiences have been added. For instance, a refreshing champagne afternoon tea in the rare 'Devon Belle' Pullman observation car as you travel through the spectacular Purbeck countryside. You can watch the fascinating steam locomotive at work through the glass windows of your carriage as your train is hauled from Swanage to Norden while you enjoy the comfort of your upholstered Pullman seat. The train passes through the village of Corfe Castle with stunning views of castle ruins.
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