Excursion Details

The Swanage Belle - NEW

21/10/2017

Image courtesy of Alan Mitchell.

Saturday 21st October, 2017

 

AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL BY SPECIAL THROUGH TRAIN, DELTIC HAULED, TO DORSET’S ISLE OF PURBECK AND SWANAGE. THERE IS ALSO A BOURNEMOUTH OPTION.

 

The railway branchline that connects the south coast resort of Swanage, across the Isle of Purbeck to the main line at Wareham, is now able to accept special trains over its length. This makes an ideal destination for a day out from the Midlands and Severnside, especially one hauled throughout by D9009 ‘Alycidon’.

 

With everyone aboard by Stroud a routing via the Cotswolds, Thames Valley, Basingstoke, Southampton and the New Forest gets us to the first choice of destination - Bournemouth (arrive 12:00, depart 17:10). Then, continuing west, the excursion skirts around Poole Harbour to Wareham before taking the line to Corfe Castle (arrive 12:50, depart 16:15) and finally Swanage (arrive 13:10, depart 16:00).

 

Swanage is a pleasant seaside destination situated on its own bay, with the station, town, shops, eateries and beachfront all close to each other. There is a R.N.L.I. lifeboat station and the pier was elected ‘Pier of the Year 2012’. The Swanage Railway will be running a steam hauled service linking Corfe Castle and Norden to Swanage, enabling you to consider a split location visit. Corfe Castle is an attractive village with a notable National Trust castle.

 

Another option is to spend a while in Bournemouth and use the half-hourly open-top bus route 50 that links Bournemouth railway station via the Sandbanks Ferry to Swanage. Journey time is about 80 minutes. This opens up a great option of getting to and from Swanage - special train one way, open top bus the other. Both take different routes so giving you ever changing views (bus fare payable to driver on the day).

 

 

MOTIVE POWER IS EXPECTED TO BE DELTIC D9009 'ALYCIDON' THROUGHOUT.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Burton-on-Trent 0530 2335
Tamworth High Level 0550 2315
Birmingham New St. 0615 2250
Stourbridge Junction
0645 2220
Kidderminster 0655 2210
Droitwich Spa 0710 2155
Worcester Shrub Hill 0720 2145
Cheltenham Spa 0750 2120
Stroud 0810 2135
Cam & Dursley ^ 0730 2100

 

^ Road coach connections will be provided from Cam & Dursley to Stroud both morning and evening.

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4  
Standard Class £95.00 £48.00
£360.00  

First Class

£139.00 £99.00 £536.00  
First Class Plus £155.00 £115.00 £600.00  
Premier Dining £239.00 £199.00 £936.00  

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats have are available at a supplement of £28 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.

 

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Updated 19/07/17

 

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