Railway Manager Chuffed At New Passenger Numbers
9:03am 9th August 2013
(Updated 9:04am 9th August 2013)
It's all steam ahead for the new Manager of Swanage Railway.
Richard Jones has only been in the job four months - and passenger numbers have increased by 6.6%.
That's been helped by a Diesel Gala which attracted more than 3,000 passengers and a sell-out excursion from London.
Coming up the track is Richard's next major task, which will see him integrate the planned community train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to the main Wareham line in 2015.
Previously general manager of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in Cornwall after having been a project manager on the West Somerset Railway, Richard said: "I'm delighted to be the Swanage Railway's general manager - it's a privilege to manage and lead a great team in facing the historic challenges that lie ahead.
"This is an exciting time for the Swanage Railway as it continues to move forward and build on the undoubted success it has rightly enjoyed in recent years. Already one of the country's premier heritage railways, I was very keen to join the team and be an integral part of its continued - and future - success."