With grateful thanks to owners Southern Locomotives Limited and the Swanage Railway, we are delighted to be able to offer a full day of photography at the Swanage Railway featuring British Railways '4MT' Class 2-6-4T Standard Tank No.80104 hauling a rake comprising two Bulleid coaches in green, one green Mark I coach and a PMV (Parcels and Miscellaneous Van). The locomotive will face South throughout the day and we will have use of the whole line between Swanage and Wareham. We will start from Harman's Cross at 06.45 hours so as to be in position to capture the often excellent sunrise shots, weather permitting.
The original Swanage Railway opened in May 1885 and was operated by the London & South Western Railway, later the Southern Railway, then the Southern Region of British Railways. Passenger services ceased in 1972 though goods traffic continued from Furzebrook sidings. In May 1972, the Swanage Railway Society was formed to try and resurrect passenger services on the line. This proved no easy task as BR began lifting the track and there were plans to redevelop Swanage station. However, after a struggle over many years, the group obtained charitable status and the first short section of track was re-opened in 1979, with extensions to new stations at Herston Halt and, in 1988, to Harman's Cross. Gradually, further extensions to Corfe Castle and Norden (Park and Ride) opened and then, initially on a trial basis, to Wareham in 2017.
The Swanage branch is a very scenic line where many opportunities exist for both lineside photography and steam in the landscape, so why not join us for a full day of Southern steam action on the Dorset Coast.
Event cost £70.00 per person.