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Swanage Railway: The Royal Wessex

Experience the evocative taste of this 1950’s and 1960’s steam train!


Enjoy an evocative taste of the ‘Royal Wessex’ express steam train that carried excited holidaymakers from London to Corfe Castle and Swanage in the 1950s and 1960s – thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers who have restored an historic 1930s Maunsell heritage carriage to its former glory.
Subject to availability, reserved seats can be booked for a ride in the Southern Railway carriage between Norden, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Swanage with a ‘Royal Wessex’ headboard being carried on the front of the steam locomotive.

It is a chance to experience the thrill and excitement of travelling through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in a lovingly restored 1930s heritage carriage sporting ‘Royal Wessex’ name boards. With two carriages for Corfe Castle and Swanage, the ‘Royal Wessex’ express train was introduced by British Railways as one of its new services carrying passengers to the forward-looking Festival of Britain, near London’s Waterloo station, which celebrated British industry, arts and science during the summer of 1951.
Maunsell carriages were used on trains from London to Corfe Castle and Swanage from the 1930s through to the 1950s.

You will be booking the outward and return journeys to guarantee your seats. £19.00 adults / 9.00 child.

Getting to Swanage Railway from Wareham: The nearest station from Wareham for Swanage Railway is the Norden Station at Purbeck Park, BH20 5DW. (a 10 minute drive from Wareham). Or you can catch Breezer No 30 bus from Wareham to Norden. See the Breezer Timetable as of May 2022.

The event is finished.


Aug 25 - 31 2022


Norden Park & Ride


Norden Park & Ride
Swanage Railway Park And Ride, Wareham, BH20 5DW
Swanage Railway


Swanage Railway
01929 425800

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