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Diesel Gala and Beer Festival

Date: 10th - 12th May

The Swanage Railway is delighted to announce details of our 14th Annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival, running from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of May, with themed preview day on Thursday 9th.

For the first time during a diesel gala, an intensive daily service will operate over our full 10 mile line between Swanage and our boundary with Network Rail at “Bridge 4” on the recently restored line towards Wareham.

Thursday 9th May will see a themed preview day in operation; "Type 2 Thursday" will feature Class 25 D7535 (25185) and Class 26 26007. Both will operate passenger services alongside a Swanage Railway resident steam locomotive.

The main three day Diesel Gala from Friday 10th May to Sunday 12th May will see an intensive three train diesel service operate between Bridge 4, Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross and Swanage from 8am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8am until 7pm on Sunday.

A heritage bus service will be operating from Wareham Station to Norden Station Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the day time. See event timetable for full details. Please note: this service is only available to gala event ticket holders (prebooked or pay on the bus), there is no bus fare only available. 

The loco line up so far including resident locos consists of:

Class 25 - D7535 (25185) courtesy of the South Devon Diesel Trust

Class 26 - 26007 Courtesy of Victor Korzeniewicz, which will be staying on the railway until early September

Class 31 - 97205 (31163) Courtesy of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Class 33s - D6515 (33012) & 33111

Class 44 - D4 “Great Gable” (44004) courtesy of the Peak Locomotive Company (withdrawn 7th May 2019 due to mechanical issue)

Class 50 - 50007 "Hercules" courtesy of Class 50 Alliance Ltd

Class 59 - 59003 "Yeoman Highlander" courtesy of GB Railfreight

Class 73/1 - TBA (Dualbraked) courtesy of GB Railfreight

All of the above locos are subject to availability.

You can view the timetable and locomotive diagrams by clicking here

The ever popular Dorset Beer Festival will return to Corfe Castle, this year in conjunction with the Bankes Arms Hotel. Other attractions include the museum, Tea Truck and DTSO coach, 76275 from the Swanage Railway Trust 4TC group will be on display at Corfe Castle, plus trade stands and Smith's Butchers BBQ at Swanage.

On both the Friday and Saturday evenings the popular "Beerex" train will be operating. Traction on Friday is D7535 and Saturday 31163.

There are a number of options for purchasing tickets, and these are shown below. Great savings can be made by purchasing tickets in advance!

2019 Diesel Gala Fares Advanced Online
On the Day
1 Day Adult Rover £30.00 £35.00
1 Day Child Rover £20.00 £25.00
1 Day Family Rover £65.00 £73.00
Adult Rail Staff Travel Day Rover  --------- £25.00
2 Day Adult Rover £48.00 £53.00
2 Day Child Rover £38.00 £43.00
2 Day Family Rover £105.00 £115.00
3 Day Adult Rover £56.00 £61.00
3 Day Child Rover £46.00 £50.00
3 Day Family Rover £145.00 £160.00

*  Advance Booking Close 8th May at 23:59

*  A Family is 2 Adults and Up to 3 Children

Bookings Now Open.

A limited number of driver experiences with Class 25, D7535 are available to book on Saturday 4th - Monday 6th and on "Type 2 Thursday" 9th May