Diesel Gala and Beer Festival

17th annual Diesel Gala and Beer Festival at Swanage Railway

17th annual Diesel Gala and Beer Festival at Swanage Railway


Friday 10th May – Sunday 12th May! (Preview day on the 9th May!)


Swanage Railway will have an intensive service in operation on all three days over their full 10-mile line between Swanage and their boundary with Network Rail at “Bridge 4” over the River Frome on the line towards Wareham. There will be three trains in service each day, with two trains operating over the full length of the line and a shuttle running between Swanage and Corfe Castle.

 Preview Day: This year’s preview day on Thursday 9th May will see one of their visiting diesels operating a diesel service alongside their normal steam service between Swanage and Norden. Check the Swanage Railway website for more details. 

 Travel to and from the event by rail! Thanks to The Branch Line Society and GB Railfreight, you can travel to the Diesel Gala in comfort and style aboard “The Jurassic Crompton Railtour”, as well as travel home again aboard “The return of the Jurassic Crompton” Railtour!

 The “Jurassic Crompton” railtour runs from Eastleigh to Swanage via Guildford and London Waterloo, whilst the return tour runs from Swanage to Eastleigh via London Waterloo. Both Railtours will be hauled by Swanage Railway resident Class 33 D6515 “Lt. Jenny Lewis RN” courtesy of the 71A Locomotive Group, and a GB Railfreight Class 69. Read more about The Jurassic Crompton and book tickets on the Branch Line Society website

Beer Festival: This year’s Beer Festival takes place again in Corfe Castle Goods Yard. Organised by Purbeck Kitchens, there are planned to be 30+ Real Ales and Ciders on offer. There will also be hot food available on site throughout the day and evening.

Evening Services: On both Friday and Saturday evenings they will have a “Beerex” train in operation to get you to and from the Beer Festival at Corfe. The traction for these services will be announced soon. 

Ticket price guide for Diesal Gala Fares: from £35.00 adults / £25.00 child

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Note: This event listing is a guide only. For up to date information and or changes to the event please check with the organiser or venue


May 9, 2024


Swanage Railway
01929 425800
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Swanage Railway Station
Swanage BH19 1HB
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