The Swanage Railway is a 6-mile (9.7 km) long heritage railway in the Purbeck district of Dorset, England. The railway line currently follows the route of the old Purbeck branch line from Norden, via Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage.
The line was re−connected to the mainline at Wareham, Dorset along a stretch of the branch line that had previously only remained open to freight traffic until 2005. Trains operate on the Swanage Railway between Swanage and Norden Park & Ride every weekend and Bank Holiday from mid-February to the end of the year, and every day of the week from April to October; with Santa Special services in December.
The link between the Swanage Railway and the main line at Wareham has been used for materials deliveries, special excursions, locomotive and stock movements only— work is continuing to provide the infrastructure necessary to enable regular services via Wareham to be implemented.
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... Swanage railway station is a railway station located in Swanage, on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset ... the terminus of a London and South Western Railway (L SWR) branch line from Wareham, the line and station were closed by British Rail in 1972 ... It has since reopened as a station on the Swanage Railway, a heritage railway that currently runs from Norden station just north of Corfe Castle to Swanage station ...
... of horse drawn tramways (the Middlebere Plateway and the Furzebrook Railway) to wharves on Poole Harbour ... The port of Swanage at the tip of the Isle was equally well known for the Purbeck Marble that was mined locally and shipped out by sea ... The presence of these industries attracted railway promoters once the L SWR main line reached Wareham in 1847 ...
... Each year during December the Swanage Railway runs Santa Special services as a seasonal attraction ... Special services make an important contribution to the finances of the Swanage Railway as the services attract large numbers of families during the off-peak winter period ...
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