The Swanage Railway is a heritage steam
railway which follows the route of the old Purbeck branch line
through the picturesque scenery of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.
The railway first opened in 1885 and continued to carry passengers
for almost 90 years until British Railways closed the line and
lifted the track in 1972.
A group of enthusiasts got together with plans to restore the
line and after re-opening a small section in 1979, the railway grew
and grew. In 1995 the journey passengers enjoy today was finally
completed: a six mile long route between the town of Norden and the
seaside resort of Swanage, passing the impressive ruins of Corfe
Castle along the way.