Enjoy an evocative taste of the ‘Royal Wessex’ express steam train that carried excited holidaymakers from London to Corfe Castle and Swanage in the 1950s and 1960s - thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers who have restored an historic 1930s Maunsell heritage carriage to its former glory.

Subject to availability, reserved seats can be booked for a ride in the Southern Railway carriage between Norden, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Swanage with a ‘Royal Wessex’ headboard being carried on the front of the steam locomotive.

It is a chance to experience the thrill and excitement of travelling through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in a lovingly restored 1930s heritage carriage sporting ‘Royal Wessex’ name boards.

With two carriages for Corfe Castle and Swanage, the ‘Royal Wessex’ express train was introduced by British Railways as one of its new services carrying passengers to the forward-looking Festival of Britain, near London’s Waterloo station, which celebrated British industry, arts and science during the summer of 1951.

Maunsell carriages were used on trains from London to Corfe Castle and Swanage from the 1930s through to the 1950s.

You will be booking the outward and return journeys to guarantee your seats. 

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Adult Return £19.00
Child Return (5-15) £9.00
Family Ticket (2+2 or 2+3) £55.00
Under 5s (No seat) FREE
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