On a trip along the Southern Coast of England and onwards through Dorset towards Swanage – we came across the Swanage Railway where there are 5 stations:
- Herston Halt,
- Harman’s Cross,
- Corfe Castle,
We were lucky enough to catch the vintage steam train approach Harman’s Cross station with only a few people boarding here.
The Swanage Railway follows the route of the former London and South Western Railway line from Wareham to Swanage, a line that opened in 1885 and was finally closed by British Rail in 1972. From the time of closure, there was a strong campaign to reopen the railway as a steam locomotive operated heritage railway, and the Swanage Railway began operating a steam service at the Swanage end of the line in 1982.
Doors banged shut, the station master blew his whistle and then the stream train was ready to continue it’s journey towards Swanage via a very picturesque Corfe Castle.
The engines began to roar and so did the steam spewing out and encompassing the whole area.
The full set can be viewed by clicking the link below or by pressing play on the slideshow.