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Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway is keeping steam alive in south Dorset - with an extensive service linking Swanage, Corfe Castle and Norden.

These pages host a collection of images acquired from 1999 to 2006 - showing the railway at work from the cold of February to the warmth of summer. Swanage is very much a community railway - serving the whole community of the Purbeck region throughout the year.

47493 NEW! - Late summer 2006

Late summer service - August Bank Holiday Monday and the Steam Festival weekend (9th September) - visiting Pannier Tank 6412 and Jinty 47493

5197 - Easter weekend 2006

The Easter weekend (14-17 April) - first weekend of service for visiting S160 No 5197

34028 NEW! - April 2006

Swanage Railway Branch Line weekend - and the last weekend working for 34028 'Eddystone' before she departed to the North York Moors Railway.

6695 February 2006

Ex GWR 0-6-2T No. 6695 in revenue service for the half term week.

6412 September 2005 Swanage Steam Gala

5 locomotives in steam for the annual Swanage Steam Gala - September 10th/11th.

813 at Swanage July 2005 - Swanage - a summer miscellany!

Intensive summer services carried passengers for the Swanage Carnival weekend in late July.

80078 at Harmans Cross May 2005 - Swanage 120 weekend

Intensive services ran throughout the 120 weekend

30587 2-4-0WT at Swanage May 2005 - Swanage 120 weekend

Beattie 2-4-0WT 30587 at Swanage for the 120 weekend.

34028 leaves Swanage May 2005 - Purbeck weekend working

A spring weekend for the Purbeck railway.

80078 enters Corfe downside March 2005 - Members weekend

March 2005 - major improvements at Corfe Castle, 2 platforms in use, new signal box and trains able to pass allowing more intensive service.

34028 leaves Norden March 2004

March 2004 - Members weekend and 34028 'Eddystone' in service

35072 September 2002

September festival of steam weekend - Steaming to Swanage!

80104 August 2003

Standard Class 4 services in latet August

35072 August 2002

An August evening at Swanage

80104 at Swanage March 2002

March 24th 2002 - Members weekend. 80104 was heading the service trains - with 257 Squadron and Class 33 'Stan Symes'

80078 at Norden September 2001

September 9th 2001 - Steam festival. 6 locomotives in steam - and all coupled together at the end of the day!

80078 at Norden March 2001

March 24th 2001 - Members Weekend. 80078 was in steam and working the last return service of the day.

Footplate crew - 80078 July 18th 2000

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Intensive summer services started on July 8th with trains running every half an hour in each direction.

Departing for Norden Easter 2000

Easter came late in 2000 - and the May Day holiday weekend immediately followed Easter. Here Standard Class 4 locomotive 80078 provides the duty motive power for a holiday service.

on shed at the end of the day May Bank Holiday weekend - 2nd May 1999

Warmer days at the beginning of May saw the first full summer timetable in operation. Standard 4 80104 and LNER 7999 were in operation.....

S15 ready for the off Easter - 9th April 1999

On an Easter Friday, S15 Harry A Frith worked the driving experience turns

Norden February half-term - 19th February 1999

In the cold of a February afternoon, Standard tank 80104 provides the power for the late afternoon round trip

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