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Swanage Railway

Photographs taken on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2005
The weekend was a 'Happy Birthday' event for the Swanage Railway - first opened on May 20th 1885. Then, the first train was hauled by a Beattie 2-4-0 Well Tank - to commemorate the occasion the National Railway Museum's Beattie 30587 (built 1974, rebuilt 1921) visited Swanage and ran throughout the weekend, hauling a two car special from Swanage to Norden. Swanage Railway's own Bulleid Pacific 'Eddystone', together with Std 4MT 80078 and Class 33 'Stan Symes' operated an intensive service with trains passing at both Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle.

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Class 33 'Stan Symes' Class 33 loco approaches Harmans Cross in torrential rain - Saturday 21st May
Class 33 Class 33 arrives at Corfe Castle with an 'up' train
Class 33 Class 33 leaving Corfe Castle with a 'down' train for Swanage.
34028 34028 'Eddystone' approaches Corfe Castle with a morning 'up' service
34028 34028 'Eddystone' approaches the train after running around at Norden
34028 34028 'Eddystone' climbing towards Corfe Common - Saturday 21st May
34028 34028 departs from Harman's Cross with a Swanage bound train - Saturday afternoon, 21st May
80078 80078 drifting down towards Corfe
80078 With Corfe Castle in the background, 80078 climbs towards Corfe Common
80078 80078 powers up the bank away from Corfe.
80078 80078 arriving at Harman's Cross with a down service to Swanage
34028 and 80078 at Swanage 34028 receives attention at Swanage MPD as 80078 arrives with a down service working - the Beattie Well Tank waits in the siding for its next working.
34028 at Swanage 34028 receives attention at Swanage MPD
80078 at Swanage 80078 waits at Swanage with the next 'up' service train
80078 at Swanage 80078 enters the 'up' loop at Harmans Cross - Saturday afternoon, 21st May
34028 34028 'Eddystone' leaves Swanage
34028 34028 'Eddystone' arrives at Harmans Cross
34028 34028 'Eddystone' and crew wait at Harmans Cross for the down service, hauled by the Class 33, to arrive from Corfe - 22nd May
34028 34028 'Eddystone' gets underway from Harmans Cross with an 'up' train for Corfe and Norden - 22nd May
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