Swanage Railway - Swanage to Norden, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 50° 36.598 W 001° 57.612
30U E 573571 N 5606969
Quick Description: Swanage Railway is a popular tourist and local line in the Isle of Purbeck.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 12:24:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM4WAN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
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Long Description:
The Purbeck Line runs both steam and diesel locomotives and provides a scenic way of travel to explore this beautiful area with the Jurassic Coast and many attractions. The nearby Swanage Heritage Centre, Corfe Castle and the Information Centre and the new Clay Mining display at Norden all show the unique and varied history.

There are five stations along the line including Swanage, Herston Halt, Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle an Norden. The railway takes you through gorgeous countryside with spectacular views. Swanage Railway is a busy, seaside line and has a volunteer workforce on a private line which have worked tremendously hard to get the line back into working order. We have watched the progress over the years as one station became two and now the line continues past Norden eventually linking up with Wareham and beyond!

There is a special dining train which runs on Saturday nights and for special occasions called the Wessex Belle. There are others which run on weekdays.
Engine Type: Tourist line has more than one engine of various types

Gauge of Railway: Standard Gage

Approximate Adult Fare: 14.00 (listed in local currency)

Approximate Child Fare: 10.00 (listed in local currency)

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: Six Miles

Dates of Operation: From: 1/1/2008 To: 12/31/2008

Frequency of departures: 1 hour 20 minutes

Key Attractions:
Swanage town with its seaside charm, beach and shops. Corfe Castle with its famous National Trust castle and many shops, model town and walks. Norden with its new Mining museum. The Purbecks with many, many attractions including the World Heritage coastline and views.


Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: yes

Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

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