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The Purbeck Explorer to Kensington Olympia

Date: 13th - 13th May

The Swanage Railway are delighted to announce the return of the popular ‘Purbeck Explorer’ Mainline Charters in conjunction with this year’s 13th annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival.

Utilising the superbly restored London Underground 4TC unit the ‘Purbeck Explorer 1’ charter starts this year’s Gala on Thursday 10 May 2018 from Ealing Broadway to Swanage hauled by the popular Class 33, D6515 Lt Jenny Lewis RN. Starting from Ealing Broadway (provisional departure time 10:40), ‘Purbeck Explorer 1’ will have pick-up stops at Kensington Olympia, Clapham Junction, Woking and Basingstoke before a non-stop run to the Swanage Railway, planned to arrive at Swanage at 15:59.

Welcoming Class 20 20007 back to the mainline after an absence of 16 years, it partners Class 20 20142 with ‘Purbeck Explorer 2’ on the afternoon of Sunday 13 May 2018 returning from Corfe Castle to Kensington Olympia (provisional departure time 15:25), calling at Basingstoke and Woking beore terminating at Kensington Olympia. Please note Clapham Junction and Ealing Broadway are not served on this journey.

Prices for either charter are £39.50 in advance or £45 on the day (subject to availability). Bookings for both charter are available through the Swanage Railway website at www.swanagerailway.co.uk. Bookings open on Monday, 5th February 2018.

 TOUR TIMINGS Provisional Confirmed
Corfe Castle dep. 1525 15:25
Basingstoke arr. 1758 17:58
Woking arr. 1836 18:36
Kensington Olympia arr. 1946 19:46

Due to the low seating capacity of the 4TC unit demand is expected to be high so booking in advance is recommended!

More exciting details for this year’s Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival will be announced shortly…