Work begins On Swanage-Wareham Rail Link


An experienced project manager – who also used to control trains running from Hampshire and Surrey into London's busy Waterloo station – has started work on helping the Swanage Railway deliver an historic trial train service to Wareham. Thanks to a £1.47 million Coastal Communities Government grant, the trial train service from Swanage and Corfe Castle to the main line at Wareham is due to begin in September, 2015, and operate on 140 selected days over two years. Holding a degree in railway operational management from Glasgow University, 52-year old Frank Roberts – who lives in Swanage – has been a volunteer manager on the Swanage Railway in his spare time for 31 years, specialising in building and developing the line's telephone system.


Have You registered To Vote?

23/04/2014 Purbeck residents have until 6 May to make sure they are on the electoral register. If they aren’t on the register, they won’t be able to vote at the 22 May district, parish or ...  read more...

Stallholders Refused Entry To Market

15/04/2014 Swanage Market traditionally opens on the Tuesday before Easter - today, in fact. Until recently, run by Ensors (who were awarded the tender by Swanage Town Council), the market b ...  read more...

Challenge Navitus Challenge Planning Application

11/04/2014 A challenge under the Planning Act could result in rejection of the Navitus Bay wind farm application. Challenge Navitus claims the developer failed to consult adequately on signif ...  read more...

Veteran Amputee Visits Swanage On UK Challenge

10/04/2014 Richard Hunt is a Royal Navy veteran amputee who is attempting to kayak around the entire coast of the UK in aid of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association) - a distan ...  read more...

Swanage Railway Photography Competition!

07/04/2014 Budding snappers across Dorset – as well as the south and west of England – are being invited to focus their lenses and adjust their apertures as the volunteer-led Swanage Railway ...  read more...

Swanage Reaches Out To The Typhoon-Hit Phillipines

02/04/2014 On Friday November 8th 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, sweeping through the Philippines and leaving utter devastation in its path. Thought to be the deadliest typhoon to ...  read more...

Experimental Nuclear Reactor For Swanage

01/04/2014 I have recently been given a document containing an account of some highly sensitive discussions that have taken place at Portcullis House over recent weeks. The participants in th ...  read more...

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