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« on: March 09, 2023, 09:45:15 am »

From April to September the Swanage Railway wil be running four trains a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They will be using a restored Class 117 three car dmu with a Class 122 added if necessary. Crewing witll be by West Coast Railway. See website for detail.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2023, 09:58:30 am »

From April to September the Swanage Railway wil be running four trains a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They will be using a restored Class 117 three car dmu with a Class 122 added if necessary. Crewing witll be by West Coast Railway. See website for detail.

Wonderful news - to be clear that is a service from WAREHAM to Corfe Castle and Swanage. 

West Somerset Railway please take note.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2023, 11:47:18 am »

Excellent.  Perhaps not quite as much appeal as the top and tailed 33s used when it ran last time five or so years ago, but most welcome nonetheless.

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2023, 11:57:09 am »

A bit more detail in this report from Rail Advent

Quote available to buy via mainline operator South Western Railway enabling passengers to include travel for Corfe Castle and Swanage to mainline tickets....The landmark trial will mark the first mainline ticketing facility for travel to Swanage in 51 years...

....will start on the 4th of April, continuing each week until the 10th of September....The first train departure will be at 11.19am at Wareham and the last train will leave Swanage heading to Wareham at 4.20pm, which provides visitors a good four hours to enjoy Swanage and Corfe Castle. On special events days, the timetable will be subject to change....

....The trains will be operated and staffed by West Coast Railways for Swanage Railway as one of the countries leading mainline charter and special train operators....Four services will operate each day out of Wareham each day and will be made up of a three-carriage heritage Class 117 diesel multiple unit which can also have a one-carriage heritage Class 121 diesel multiple unit added when capacity requires, providing 292 seats....

Tickets will be available to buy from Monday the 13th of March via Swanage Railways website.

And, presumably, as quoted, from SWR» (South Western Railway - about) website & retail
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