The Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and
diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway.
Steam and diesel galas,
Sunday Lunch services
complement themed events such as our highly popular
trains during the run up to Christmas.
Our award-winning standard gauge preserved steam railway is located in Dorset
with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire and the South of England.
Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful
scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
You can even take charge of a train by taking one of our
With easy car parking (operated by Purbeck District
Council) at our northern terminus at
Norden, in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck,
our stations at
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 Southern Railway atmosphere combined with a trip to our southern terminus at the south coast seaside resort of
with easy access to the award-winning sandy beach is perfect for enthusiasts and families alike.
Throughout this website you will find numerous photographs by Andrew P.M. Wright including
our banners and our scrolling title slideshow showing - amongst others -
No. 60163 'Tornado' visiting the Swanage Railway on 3rd June 2010. You may also like to see our
selection of Swanage Railway YouTube videos, which include
extracts from several of our popular full-length DVDs which are available from the Swanage Railway Shop.
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. You can read more about the Swanage Railway Trust's fundraising
The Big Give here
The Purbeck Railway Circle is the area group
for local Swanage Railway Trust members. Activities include
meetings with railway-oriented talks, slide and film shows. The meetings also include an update on the
latest happenings on the Swanage Railway. You can find more information and a schedule of forthcoming events here
For further information, please follow the navigation links on the left of this page.