Swanage Railway's steam train service resumes

Swanage Railway's steam train service resumes

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:01am 18th July 2020.

For the first time since lockdown began Swanage Railway will be running a steam train service.

A non-stop return service will be operating from Swanage to Norden station from today (18th July.)

The steam train will depart from Swanage station at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm and 3pm.

Norden Station will be re-opening to the public on Monday 20th July, while Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Station will stay closed.

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Swanage Railway chairman Gavin Johns said: 

"I am delighted to see the return of steam locomotives on our trains and the re-opening of Norden station so that visitors can book a day out at the seaside confident in the knowledge that they will be safe.
 
"We are gaining confidence in operating and helping our customers to remain safe so we are bringing back steam locomotives to haul our trains and re-opening Norden station for the first time since mid-March, 2020.
 
"Everyone intending to travel must have a ticket and seat reservation to ensure social distancing can be maintained. Customers are expected to have face coverings unless there are health grounds not to do so.  Full details can be found on our website."

Swanage Railway have health and safety measures in place with socially distanced queuing and assigned seating on the train. Passengers must wear a face covering.

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The station shop at Swanage will stay open when trains are running but the catering outlets at Swanage and Norden stations will remain closed.

Gavin continued: 

"We are pleased with the progress we are making with re-starting train services after the enforced closure due to the Covid-19 lockdown.  Our risk assessment has proven its worth, ensuring that customers and staff can confidently travel with us to enjoy the Swanage Railway and the magnificent Purbeck countryside.

"We are continuing to look at the practicality of re-opening Corfe Castle station and hope to be able to make announcements concerning this station in due course."

The Railway hope this will bring them closer to their Save Our Service Appeal target of £360,000.

As of Tuesday 14th July, they were at £238,937.