As mentioned earlier, on the way back from Weymouth we popped in on the Swanage railway. Starting from Norden we met Battle of Britain class loco Manston which was to be our engine (seen at Norden about to uncouple and run round).
After a 25 minute ride to Swanage we got off and Manston ran round for the return trip.
After a walk down to the seafront and a spot of lunch we returned to the station for the 2 O clock train – having a wander round the station I met up with a Cl.08 shunter which had brought in the carriages for the diner special.
I would of got more photos of the class 33 instead it decided to move before I could get to the end of the platform
One thing that did tickle my fancy were the old posters – whether they are original or reproductions it is hard to say but it was good to see the Palace being advertised.
For the return journey we rode back in the Devon Belle observation car – for a pound supplement we treated ourselves to a ride in comfort. Very plush and lovingly restored with a history of the coach thrown in.
Although we were supposed to leave at 2pm we did not leave till about 2.15pm. As I took a lot of video it soon flattened my batteries so unfortunately there were no more photos of the return.
A good trip – very impressed by the railway.