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Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:26:56 PM »
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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 03:51:49 PM »
Fascinating success story. Thanks Geoff :thumbsup:

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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 04:30:08 PM »
They have just taken over the line to just short of the junction with Notwork Fail at Worgret just SW of Wareham. It had been in use for oil trains to/from Furzebrook railhead for the Wytch Farm site, and a few excursions have used it, mostly steam hauled but an HST did make it as far as Corfe Castle, I believe gauging concerns prevented it from getting to the end of the line.

John Bunch's 3 SR moguls are being transferred from the mid Hants over the next month or two.

It is one SR branch that can be modelled close to prototype in terms of locos and soon with coaches. You could manage with a couple of M7s from Dapol, T9s, 700s and 0395s from Union Mills, Bulleid light pacifics and some BR classes in later years, in preservation Bulleids, 4MT tanks, M7 and a Pannier as residents. Class 33's and DMUs were also common before closure and in preservation, the DMUs will be used on the Wareham services from 2015 - cheaper, quicker and easier to get them cleared for main line than the steamers.
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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 04:39:27 PM »
They have just taken over the line to just short of the junction with Notwork Fail at Worgret just SW of Wareham. It had been in use for oil trains to/from Furzebrook railhead for the Wytch Farm site, and a few excursions have used it, mostly steam hauled but an HST did make it as far as Corfe Castle, I believe gauging concerns prevented it from getting to the end of the line.


Actually, I worked an HST all the way to the buffer stops at Swanage in June, an East Midlands Trains staff special from Sheffield...

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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 07:36:26 PM »
That was probably the one, obviously some dodgy rumours around at the time. Probably caused by some photos of somebody taking measurements at Corfe.
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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 08:04:07 PM »
Yeah it was Corfe we were worried about, there was a potential issue with the foot boards on the MK3's fouling the platform edging slabs, but it turned out there was no panic as there was loads of room! One heck of a trip though, took us nearly 6 hours to get there from Sheffield!(and 6 hours back!)

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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2014, 08:07:58 PM »
I read about that in the 125 Group magazine :thumbsup:


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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2014, 08:53:43 PM »
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One heck of a trip though, took us nearly 6 hours to get there from Sheffield!(and 6 hours back!)

Was the end result worth it though?
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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2014, 05:45:04 AM »
Yeah it was!!!
The Swanage and SWT guys couldn't have been more friendly, and Swanage is such a beautiful seaside town(with some awesome chip shops too! Not that I visited more than one!!)
The platforms at Swanage are deceptively long too, we managed to fit a power car and 6 coaches in. I had the best of both worlds on that day, as I was originally just travelling as a 1st Class passenger with my mrs, as a thank you from the organisers for helping them on previous EMT railtours, but the train guard pencilled in to work it in had been fetched off safety critical duties so I was asked to step in, so I agreed on condition I could get changed into civvies on arrival and spend the rest of the day drinking cold beers! ;-)

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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2014, 06:29:33 AM »
Sounds awesomely good, Chris.  :thankyousign:
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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2014, 10:33:10 AM »
They have their Autumn steam Gala October 17-19

http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/autumn-steam-gala

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Re: Rebuilt Swanage Railway marks 35th anniversary
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2014, 01:59:44 PM »
Thanks, Geoff. I have fond memories of the railway at Corfe Castle. When I was a boy living in Bournemouth with my mother we would go there on day trips. Sadly we often took the bus instead of the train as the train journey was so much longer! In those days I wanted trains to go FAST. Nowadays I like it slow, to make it longer...

 

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