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Swanage Railway Trust


What better than a leisurely trip behind an historic steam engine through an area of natural beauty. The six mile 30 minute ride takes passengers through the beautiful Purbeck countryside including stunning views of the ruins of Corfe Castle

With easy car parking (operated by Purbeck District Council) at our northern terminus at Norden,  our stations at Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston provide access to historic villages, country walks and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, whilst also providing a valuable transport service for the local community. 

The Swanage Railway, an award winning standard gauge preserved steam railway, offers one of the most intensively operated heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway. Steam and diesel galas, family fun events, plus regular evening and lunchtime "Wessex Belle" dining services and the recently launched "Afternoon Dorset Cream teas" complement themed events such as the highly popular "Santa Special" trains in the run up to Christmas.

You can even take charge of a train by taking one of our Driver Experience courses.

As part of your day out on the Railway why not visit the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum at Norden. Visit the Museum between trains or at the end of your journey and discover part of Purbeck's amazing hidden history.

Swanage Railway is a great day out in Purbeck. Whilst you travel down to Swanage, with its blue flag beach, Victorian pier, shops and restaurants you can appreciate the rich history of the area, abundant wildlife, fascinating geology and the influence the region had on authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy

The goals of the Swanage Railway Trust (a registered charity and the controlling body of the Swanage Railway) are to restore the rail link between Swanage and Wareham, re-establishing a daily service to connect with main line trains, and to create a comprehensive historical record of steam railways and steam technology in Southern England.