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Swanage Railway

Train past Corfe Castle



Following the successful reintroduction of services and the opening of Norden Station, from Saturday 1st August Swanage Railway will be opening Corfe Station and introducing a second train to provide a total of nine return services from Norden to Swanage.  This will not only enable visitors to get to the beaches of Swanage earlier in the day but also enable them to have more time to enjoy their day at the seaside as the last train back to Norden will leave just before 4pm.  


For technical reasons and to ensure compliance with the Government's social distancing requirements Corfe Station will only be available for passengers starting their journey in Swanage and returning to Swanage.  We are not able to provide passage between Norden and Corfe and vice versa and passengers will not be able to break their journey from Norden to Swanage. 

We are following Government guidelines and have added a number of measures for the safety of our passengers and staff, these include;

• Social distancing measures.

• Advance booking with allocated seating.

• Cashless Payments.

• One-way passenger flows at stations.

• All passengers will be required to wear a face covering.

Please visit our website for further information and train times. As passenger numbers will be limited, you are encouraged to take advantage of our special advanced purchase fares and make your booking and seat reservations on our website.  We look forward to welcoming you back to the Swanage Railway. 

Donations appeal launched to provide financial support for Swanage Railway.

We have a special Christmas Steam and Lights event on this year, please see our website for further information.




The picture postcard branch line to the seaside!

What better than a leisurely trip behind an historic steam train through an area of outstanding natural beauty. The six mile 30 minute ride takes passengers through the beautiful Purbeck countryside including stunning views of the ruins of Corfe Castle.

The stations at Norden, Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross, Herston and Swanage provide access to historic villages, country walks and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Look out for special events such as Peppa Pig or “Santa Specials” or treat yourself to an evening meal, lunch or afternoon tea on the “Wessex Belle”. Christmas is such a lovely time of year at Swanange Railway.  Bookings are now being taken for the Santa Express and Christmas Belle trips.  Visit the website for further information.

Ttry the Sea Train Adventure, great boat trip to Swanage, steam train to Corfe and a NT castle to explore at the end!  All in one ticket.

As part of your day at Swanage Railway why not visit the recently opened Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum at Norden Park & Ride open most days in the week from March to October. Discover part of Purbeck's amazing hidden history.

Park and Ride open every day at Norden, just north of Corfe Castle and additional parking at Harmans Cross. Take A35 towards Dorchester, then A351 to Swanage

Try one of our driver days or one of our steam train and tall ship sailing days! See the website for dates and times.


Record-breaking ‘Flying Scotsman’ – the most famous steam locomotive in the world visited Swanage Railway in March 2019 and was reunited with a rare Pullman observation carriage for the first time in almost 50 years.​

Flying Scotsman' last visited the Swanage Railway in 1994 – when it only hauled trains to Harman's Cross – so it's very exciting that No. 60103 hauled trains all the way to Corfe Castle and Norden, during the 2019 visit to Swanage.

Visit the website for further information.


Opening Times

Opening Dates (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2021)

* Train times vary throughout the year - see timetable online.


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