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Take the Steam Train and Travel Back in Time to a Nostalgic Purbeck Rally of Classic Transport

Published: August 29, 2014

Story & Pictures by Andrew PM Wright,
Swanage Railway Press Officer

 

More than 300 exhibits are set to be featured in an annual Purbeck transport rally of classic four and two-wheeled vehicles – with Swanage Railway train passengers purchasing rover tickets being given free admission to the nostalgic event.

The annual yesteryear gathering takes place next to Harman's Cross station – between Corfe Castle and Swanage – from Friday, 5 September, to Sunday, 7 September, 2014, inclusive, and is being staged by dedicated volunteers from the Bournemouth and Poole Preservation Club.

Steam trains will be running from 10am to 10.45pm on the Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 6.15pm on the Sunday.

Swanage Railway General Manager Richard Jones said: "It's so easy – just park in the attended Purbeck District Council car park next to Norden station, off the A351 Wareham to Corfe Castle road, for just £3 for all-day parking and hop on the steam train for Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross, Herston and Swanage.

"Conveniently located next to Harman's Cross station, the annual transport rally is a really great day out for both the family and the enthusiast alike.

"There will be more than 300 exhibits on show – from classic cars, lorries and motorcycles through to traction engines, tractors, stationary engines, stalls and refreshments.

"Passengers buying day rover tickets for unlimited train travel on the day of purchase also gain free entry to the Transport Rally.

"We will be operating an intensive timetable on all three days with steam-hauled trains also running on the Friday and Saturday evenings – and the Bistro evening dining train running on the Friday.

"There is also the award-winning ball clay mining museum next to Norden station, a museum, exhibition coach and cinema coach at Corfe Castle station as well as the station shop and buffet at Swanage station.

"Our trains will include our two classic Southern Railway 1940s Bulleid carriages which transport you back in time to the heyday of steam train travel with their rich wooden panelling, shiny chrome handles and luggage racks as well as the luxurious moquette upholstery on the seats," explained Mr Jones.

The Friday evening Bistro dining train departs Swanage station at 7.38pm and 9.28pm.

The last evening train on the Friday and Saturday departs Swanage station at 10.15pm while the last departure from Corfe Castle is at 10.45pm.

Rover tickets giving unlimited train travel on the day of purchase – and free entry to the transport rally – are just £15 for adults and £10 for children aged three to 15 years old, inclusive.

Two-day Rover tickets are £25 for adults and £15 for children. Standard return train travel tickets are also available.

Transport rally entry for non-train passengers is £4 for adults with children being admitted free.

The last train for the Purbeck District Council park and ride car park next to Norden station leaves Swanage station at 7.15pm on the Friday and Saturday and 6.50pm on the Sunday.

Swanage Railway train times and fares – as well as special event details – are available online at www.swanagerailway.co.uk or by calling 01929 425800.