The Story of the Swanage Railway



The full story of one of the UK’s premier steam branch lines. From the first attempts to purchase the line after closure by British Railways in 1973 to the successful purchase of the track bed and initial services out of Swanage, we look at the growth of the line through the highly motivated preservation society, The Southern Steam Trust, who has led the rebuilding of the branch line back to Corfe and Norden with a final link back to the national network again through to Furzebrook and Wareham.
Through archive films, stills, and interviews, we look at the Purbeck line from its British Rail days through to the eventual closure period of the early 1970s. Happily today we still have a Swanage branch. Our programme follows the great milestones in the preservation 
project right up to date with the relaying of track through to Motala, the reconstruction works at Harmans Cross and Corfe and the many locomotives and operational high points since the start of steam operations in the early 1980s.

DVD 100 minutes duration