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The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. The Isle covers approximately 100 square miles but it is not a true island even though the English Channel, Poole Harbour and the River Frome almost surround it.

The goals of the Swanage Railway Trust (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. This goal was brought a step closer on 3rd January 2002 when the remaining sections of track were laid at Norden. A special service operated on 8th September when the first through train from the main line at Wareham visited Swanage.

Trains operate every weekend and Bank Holiday from mid-February to the end of the year, and every day of the week from April to October. From late March to early November you can also enjoy the pleasure of dining whilst you travel on the "Wessex Belle" Dining Train. Imagine gliding through the beautiful Purbeck countryside on a summer's evening, the sun slowly dipping below a stunning silhouette of Corfe Castle. Wisps of smoke from the engine saunter lazily by as you relax in the comfortable and elegant surroundings, and take a sip of wine while savouring the smells of the delicious food which has just arrived in front of you. You don't have to imagine - you just need to book a seat on one of the superb dining trains to experience an evening like no other. Whether it's an intimate meal for two, a party or corporate function, Swanage Railway can offer you a wide choice of on train dining options.

  • Buffet facilities at Swanage station
  • Shop at Swanage station
  • Buffet serving drinks and light refreshments available on most trains
  • Wheelchair facilities available on most trains
  • Dogs are conveyed free of charge

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    A351 from Wareham, or via the Sandbanks/Shell Bay Ferry from Bournemouth. Swanage station is situated in the centre of the town, just a few minutes walk from the beach. Norden Park and Ride station is situated off the A351 on the approach to Corfe Castle from Wareham.

    Swanage Railway Postcode for SatNav: BH19 1HB


    +44 (0)1929 425 800
    +44 (0)1929 426 680

    Railway Station Approach
    BH19 1HB

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