The roots of the Swanage Railway as we know it now can be traced back to the years after the Beeching cuts of the 1960's.  Whilst the branch line from Wareham to Swanage in Dorset survived these closures, a cycle of falling traffic and progressive withdrawal of services eventually led to closure in 1972. Momentum was quickly established to try and take over the branch and press for the return of a mainline connection. Despite local and national attempts to first prevent closure and then lobby for re-opening, this was not enough to prevent much of the track being lifted. As a result to-day's Swanage Railway is really a railway built from scratch.

The early days of the project saw several groups springing up with similar aims. These quickly came together and ultimately the Swanage Railway Trust was formed as a charity with the aims of preserving the heritage of the local railway and re-establishing a link to the national rail network. A trading subsidiary - the Swanage Railway Company - operates the trains and is responsible for day to day management of the Railway. The Swanage Railway Company web site provides details of train times, special events and other information for the visitor.

The Swanage Railway Trust focuses on development of the Swanage Railway by recruiting the members and volunteers on which this progress depends as well as the appeals and fundraising needed to support their efforts. This web site provides a range of information for members and supporters, updates on appeals, details of the Trust's aims and relevant background information.


A Member's Area page is available on this website to Swanage Railway Trust Members.  If you require access please send an email quoting your full name and SRT Membership number to:

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Where People Matter

Watch a video about the contributions made by the volunteers on the railway. Click below to watch it on our YouTube site.


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