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Community Weekend at Swanage Railway

Community Weekend at Swanage Railway


Feb 18 2024


Check times with Swanage Railway
All Day


17th – 18th February

A fun family day out, giving local people a rare glimpse behind the scenes on the Swanage Railway. The event will also  be an opportunity to find out about the varied volunteering opportunities at Purbeck’s heritage railway.

The Swanage Railway team will be opening the doors on a wide range of areas often not seen or accessible by visitors. At each station there will be a welcome desk and a variety of activities to participate in (some are subject to advance booking). There will also be a blue timetable running with discounted standard travel train tickets for BH and DT postcodes.

Half Price Tickets!

Half-price standard travel train tickets for the Community Weekend are available, booked in advance from the Swanage Railway website, for people living in the BH and DT postcodes with proof of BH and DT residence having to be supplied when purchasers pick up their tickets from Swanage Railway ticket offices on the day.

Activities on the Community Weekend will include

  • A chance to drive a 1950s heritage diesel shunter at Swanage for £20
  • Watch a train guard or on-train travelling ticket inspector perform their duties for £5 (additional train travel ticket purchase required)
  • A behind the scenes tours of the award-winning signal boxes at Harman’s Cross or Corfe Castle stations £5.00.
  • Guided access to the footplate of a steam locomotive at Swanage
  • Visits to 1960s heritage telephone exchanges at Harman’s Cross and Corfe Castle stations (both subject to volunteer availability) between 10.30am and 3.30pm
  • The chance to have a go at signalling at the Corfe Castle signalling museum (subject to volunteer availability).
  • Chance to chat to the restorers of heritage coaches and wagons at Corfe Castle station as well as watch demonstration lifts – between 10.40am and 3.30pm – by 1940s and 1950s railway cranes at Norden station, one of which relaid the Swanage Railway tracks from Herston Halt to Furzebrook between 1983 and 2002.
  • demonstration narrow gauge diesel trains will also be operating between 11am and 3pm at the Swanage Railway Trust’s Purbeck Mining Museum, next to Norden station, which explains and celebrates the 2,000 year history of Isle of Purbeck ball clay mining.
  • Visitors will also be able to chat to volunteers at Herston Halt – which is only accessible on foot or by train – about the development of the Swanage Railway’s first station since it welcomed its first train from Swanage in 1984.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should contact the Swanage Railway volunteer recruitment and retention officer Lisa Gravett on 01929 475212 or email Details about volunteering can also be found at

Photos for this page by Andrew P.M. Wright


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