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Main Line Steam Returns To Swanage Station

Postby 34053 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:31 pm

The first steam hauled main line train returns to Swanage Station on 2nd May 2009. 'The Dorset Coast Express' will leave London Victoria Station, hauled by Bulleid, Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class Locomotive No 34067 'Tangmere' (that fantastic, regular, Main Line Steam 'workhorse'). The last direct British Railways service ran in 1972. This was a 'Railtour' on the line's closure day. Regular steam last ran between London and Swanage on 18th June 1967. The return trip will be diesel hauled, as 34067 will remain at Swanage until 4th May when it hauls the return leg of the repeat working ('The Royal Wessex'). At the moment, the railway is looking at ways to 'double head' 34067 with classmate, Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class Locomotive No 34070 'Manston'.

If you fancy being a part of either (or both) of these historic trips, visit the website of Past-Time Rail at http://www.past-timerail.co.uk or phone 01543 411971.

At the moment, 'The Swanage Railway' (Preserved Railway Line) only runs between Swanage and Norden, via Corfe Castle. However, the plan is for it to make it's 'Main Line Connection' to Wareham by 2013.

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Re: Main Line Steam Returns To Swanage Station

Postby IanM » Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:00 pm

34053 wrote:At the moment, 'The Swanage Railway' (Preserved Railway Line) only runs between Swanage and Norden, via Corfe Castle. However, the plan is for it to make it's 'Main Line Connection' to Wareham by 2013.

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Forgive me for being thick here, but how will the engine get there in May if it has no main line connection??
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Re: Main Line Steam Returns To Swanage Station

Postby 34053 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:35 pm

IanM wrote:
34053 wrote:At the moment, 'The Swanage Railway' (Preserved Railway Line) only runs between Swanage and Norden, via Corfe Castle. However, the plan is for it to make it's 'Main Line Connection' to Wareham by 2013.

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Forgive me for being thick here, but how will the engine get there in May if it has no main line connection??


The connection to the Main Line from Norden to Wareham does exist. However, The Swanage Railway is only permitted, at the moment, as far as Norden. Hope that explains.

Out of interest, the whole of the track between Swanage and Wareham was lifted after British Railways closed the line in 1972. However, a group of enthusiasts got together to rebuild the line and in 1975 a licence was granted to the Swanage Railway Society. The track was initially relaid as far as Herston, on the outskirts of Swanage and then a further three miles,to Harman's Cross. In 1995 the extension to Corfe Castle was opened and then to Norden (the present terminus). In January 2002, the remaining missing sections of track were completed between Norden and Network Rail's 'stopblock' at Motala (near Furzebrook). Work to improve the track continued over the next five years and on 10th May 2007 a train, comprising four diesel locomotives, was the first to use the permanent connection to the main line.



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Re: Main Line Steam Returns To Swanage Station

Postby Saracenman » Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:18 pm

one of Dorset's greatest losses! X(

bloody Beeching! X( X(

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Re: Main Line Steam Returns To Swanage Station

Postby 34053 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:56 pm

Yes, Dr Beeching has got a lot to answer for!
I was recently on the 'Far North Line' that runs form Dingwall (just north of Inverness) to Wick (Wetherspoon's most northerly pub is here) and Thurso (Network Rail's most northerly station).This route was threatened by the 'Beeching Axe' but, fortunately, it escaped. This is a blessing because it has the most stark and unspoilt, wild terrain, often miles away from the nearest main road and any civilisation. Remains of the (negleted) 'snow barriers' line most of the route.
If you ever get the chance to travel this route, grab it! This section of the trip was part of a four day (Friday to Monday) Charter Excursion train (by Past-Time Rail) from King's Cross to Inverness, called 'The Autumn Highlander'.Overnight was spent in a local Inverness hotel and ALL meals were served on the Train. It wasn't cheap, but worth every penny!!!

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Re: Main Line Steam Returns To Swanage Station

Postby Saracenman » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:31 pm

it is undeniable that SOME lines needed to close, but Beeching saw to it that even those branchlines that fed the profitable mainlines closed X(

i wonder why mainline use declined??? :-? ~x( X(

incredible that the integrated rail network that the Dept of Transport always seem to go on about these days - we HAD it already and Beeching sliced it up! X(

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