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Setting the Standard

Videos of BR Standard tank 80104 on the Swanage Railway 1/6/19

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Class 33 driver experience- Swanage Railway

Yesterday I had the experience on driving a class 33, 33111 on the Norden extension. Very enjoyable drive and two very different journeys. Going towards Wareham the loco controls were very responsive especially the loco brake (which is quite important!). Going back to Norden, not quite as responsive, the brake taking longer to find the braking point. Overall a very enjoyable experience and another off the bucket list.

Here are the pics


33111 was one of the last 33’s to work the Bournemouth/Weymouth pushpull.

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Visit to Corfe Castle

Easter Sunday saw my son Richard and I pay a visit to Corfe Castle. The castle was on his hit list of places to visit so we duly jumped in the car and made it so.

Journeying to the park and ride at Norden we jumped on the train to Corfe Castle for a 2 minute ride.

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On arrival at Corfe we had a quick look round the station

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And then off to the castle. £9 admission rather put us off so we wandered round the village and came across the model village at a reasonable £3.95 so in we went. Well worth the money as these views show

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Then back to the village and we found a nature trail that gave better views of the castle.

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Back to the village which suffers from major traffic congestion but still has some nice views

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Corfe is a nice to visit but a car drivers nightmare.