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Author Topic: Swanage Railway - return of passenger services and reopening to Wareham  (Read 43108 times)
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« Reply #105 on: May 07, 2019, 12:44:14 pm »

One wonders whether it's really worth their while repairing whatever clapped-out "heritage" diesel unit they're proposing using. For that much money, they could have bought six class 139s, which would actually have been reliable (so they could donate four to other branch-line reopenings...).

Class 139, Wareham to Norden or Corfe Castle - issues to address:
1. Need to be isolated from main line when in passenger use (not suitable to share with heavy rail)
2. Need a capacity of rather more than the 25 to 30 seats I think they have
3. With the flywheel power, do they have the range necessary or flexibility to shunt?
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« Reply #106 on: May 07, 2019, 01:52:11 pm »

Yet, RTT has the SWR service starting on Saturday May 25th. Waterloo to Corfe Castle, then Corfe Castle to Poole and back before returning to Waterloo.
 In addition, there is listed are WR shuttles from Swanage to Wareham on Saturdays, again starting on the 25th.

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/CFC/2019/05/25/0600-2000?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
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« Reply #107 on: May 07, 2019, 07:29:39 pm »

Also have the delivery run for the Diesel Gala on Wednesday.

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R04635/2019/05/08/advanced

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« Reply #108 on: May 07, 2019, 10:04:52 pm »

Yet, RTT has the SWR service starting on Saturday May 25th. Waterloo to Corfe Castle, then Corfe Castle to Poole and back before returning to Waterloo.
 In addition, there is listed are WR shuttles from Swanage to Wareham on Saturdays, again starting on the 25th.

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/CFC/2019/05/25/0600-2000?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

Woah! Corfe Castle to / from Waterloo. That's a 5 hour journey!

If I wanted to get to Corfe from London on that day I would probably do:

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0835 Waterloo
1048 Wareham

Then Breezer 40 bus
1104 Wareham station
1119 Corfe Castle East St

2hrs 44 min.
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« Reply #109 on: May 08, 2019, 03:37:45 am »

Woah! Corfe Castle to / from Waterloo. That's a 5 hour journey!

If I wanted to get to Corfe from London on that day I would probably do:

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0835 Waterloo
1048 Wareham

Then Breezer 40 bus
1104 Wareham station
1119 Corfe Castle East St

2hrs 44 min.


I would join you on the 08:35 ... change at Waerham onto the 11:17 departure to Corfe Castle, arriving there at 11:35.  More to do with th slightly rare train journey being worth a quarter hour delay than anything against the bus.

Also have the delivery run for the Diesel Gala on Wednesday.

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R04635/2019/05/08/advanced


From the Dorset Echo

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Visiting trains are rolling in for the Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival this weekend.

Now in its fourteenth year and featuring an intensive three-train service, popular annual event takes place from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12.

The Dorset Beer Festival is being staged next to the heritage railway at the Bankes Arms Hotel, Corfe Castle.

Heritage diesel trains will be running from 9am until 11.30pm on the Friday and Saturday and from 9am until 7pm on the Sunday – with ‘Beerex’ buffet coach trains operating on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Among the visiting locos are Class 25 No. D7535 (No. 25 185) courtesy of South Devon Diesel Traction Limited and Class 26 No. 26 007 – courtesy of Victor Korzeniewicz – which will be staying on the Swanage Railway until early September.
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« Reply #110 on: May 08, 2019, 01:35:26 pm »

Also have the delivery run for the Diesel Gala on Wednesday.

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R04635/2019/05/08/advanced


Approaching Warminster this morning:

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« Reply #111 on: May 08, 2019, 07:22:07 pm »

Fares for the SWR service to Corfe Castle now on line.  £14 this year from Gillingham, up from £10 last year.  Still a good bargain for an unusual day out.
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« Reply #112 on: May 17, 2019, 11:32:01 am »

17th May 2019
For the last three days there has been no service to Norden due to a problem with a set of points. Diesel service between Swanage and Corfe Castle only
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« Reply #113 on: May 17, 2019, 08:36:30 pm »

17th May 2019
For the last three days there has been no service to Norden due to a problem with a set of points. Diesel service between Swanage and Corfe Castle only
They will be keen to get that sorted before the upcoming Bank Holiday and half term week.
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