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Report - Swanage Railway Abandoned Train Carriages, April 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Olicat, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Olicat

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    Not sure on the history of the carriages themselves, but here's a brief bit of info on the Swanage Railway..

    'The Swanage Railway is situated on the Isle of Purbeck in the south east corner of the picturesque county of Dorset. The Isle covers approximately 100 square miles but it is not a true island even though the English Channel, Poole Harbour and the River Frome almost surround it. The railway first came to Swanage in 1885 and was operated by the London & South Western Railway Company. In January 1972 British Railways closed the line and lifted all the track. However, this was not the end, as a group of enthusiasts got together to rebuild the line. In the summer of 1975 a licence was granted to the Swanage Railway Society to occupy the disused Swanage station site, since when the dedicated volunteers have lovingly restored the railway to what you see today.'

    It's a pretty enjoyable look around, I don't think trains go down the track often but we stayed alert just in case! Some of the carriages are in pretty poor condition, rotten wood was a pretty common feature so we had to tread carefully!

    I've been before, and there was a train there in good condition, it had an engine in it which was awesome looking as well as the place where the train driver goes - it was at night though so I didn't take any pictures - but now it's gone! Was one of the reasons I went!

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    See what I mean about rotting wood?
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    Didn't dare step inside this one!
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    This one didn't come out the way i'd expected it too, but tried to make it look like a film shot and liked the look of it
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    And there's always time to strike a pose... only quickly though - that thing shakes around quite a bit!
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