Ride The Swanage Railway To Corfe Castle

I am not sure that the munchkins really understand our fascination with steam trains but it brings back great childhood memories for Papa Joe and myself so we loved our recent trip on The Swanage Railway.

This restored heritage railway takes about 25 minutes to travel the 6 miles from the Dorset seaside resort of Swanage to its terminal at Norden, just outside the delightful village of Corfe Castle. The timetable changes depending on the season and they also run old diesel locomotives as well as steam trains so always check their website for the up to date times of the trains.

swanage railway at Corfe Castle

Suitable for all age groups

Where: Main Stations at: Norden (Park and Ride, BH20 5DW), Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross (small car park BH19 3EB) and Swanage see map
Admission: discounted tickets online, family tickets
N.B. cash only sales on board the train, credit/debit cards can be used at station booking offices
Facilities: toilets on train, cafes at Swanage and Norden. Some trains run a buffet car service
Website: www.swanagerailway.co.uk

The line was closed in 1972; it would still be derelict without the love and hard work of the volunteers. They drive the trains, man the stations and act as guards.

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The stations have been lovingly restored. You can wander along the platforms and see all the old posters and artifacts even if you don’t take a trip on the train. The railway used to carry passengers, luggage and all types of goods to Wareham – even racing pigeons!

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Don’t worry – the pigeons are models. Look out for them at Harmans Cross Station


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If you stop at Corfe Village, go into the tiny station museum and watch the film about the rescue of the line. Then, if time permits, visit The Corfe Castle Model Village and Tea Rooms to see how the village would have looked before the castle was destroyed in The Civil War.

If you can go into the castle which is run by The National Trust. It is great fun to wander around and The Mayhems love rolling down the grassy slopes of the keep!

Getting There Stations at: Norden, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Swanage
  Norden (Park and Ride,BH20 5DW) Harman’s Cross (small car park BH19 3EB)
Google see map or get directions

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  1. Jon Smallwood

    Great to read your blog via Twitter. Glad you appreciate what we are doing. It would be bril if you could also put a comment on trip advisor – and add a link on there to your blog?
    Best wishes,
    Porter, Corfe Castle

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