John Speller's Web Pages Swanage Railway

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Swanage Railway
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The six-mile Swanage Railway runs from the L&SWR main line just west of Wareham to Swanage on the Channel Coast. It was chartered under an Act of 9 June 1881, with an authorized capital of 27,000 and powers to borrow an additional 9,000, and opened to traffic on 20 May 1885. Although spared by the Beeching Axe it became an inconvenient diesel outpost following the Bournemouth electrification and was closed on 3 January 1972. Since 1979 the southern part of the line has been reopened as a Heritage Railway. A good impression of the line can be obtained from this video Part 1 and Part 2, also here and here.
Map of the Swanage Railway.
Bulleid "West Country" Class 4-6-2 No. 34070 "Manston" was the last locomotive built by the Southern Railway before nationalization. I first saw it and photographed it on a down express at Exeter St Davids station on 2 September 1962. The locomotive, now happily preserved, is shown here at Harman's Cross on the Swanage Railway on 4 April 2009. Image Copyright Mike Searle and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Beattie 2-4-0T with a branch train of four 4-wheelers at Swanage in around 1900
Harman's Cross station on the Swanage Railway, 20 July 2009. Image Copyright Simon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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