Whilst the focus has been on the diesels at Swanage, not forgetting in the main it is a preserved line. Whilst most of the steam locos were stabled away from the station area, there were a few waiting attention, including M7 30053
In for its major overhaul. Next to it was the T9 just seen poking its head round the signal box but not attached to its tender
And then last but not least 31806 which had its debut on the mainline a couple of weeks ago
An opportunity to good to miss – Clapham Junction to Swanage behind a class 33 in a 4TC set – admittedly the 4TC is in London Underground livery and was towing 2 x Class 20 behind, but what the hell!
Departure from platform 5, Clapham Jct at 1120 took a very circuitous route to Woking which was the next pickup via Staines & Richmond re-joining the mainline at West Byfleet. Couple of minutes stop at Woking and then fast down the mainline to Eastleigh & Southampton. One spot at Eastleigh was the Class 66 in BR retro livery – no picture unfortunately. Plenty of freightliner traffic around Millbrook even a couple of 08’s gainfully employed.
Onwards and forwards to an unscheduled stop at Poole to take on would you believe more beer! Apparently 166 bottles for 155 passengers was not enough – proper rail tour then 🙂
Bournemouth passed without incident, then onto Wareham where a stop was made to set down only, then turned left at Worget Junction and the Swanage line proper. Purbeck looked at its best as we did the regulation 25mph. Slight delay outside Norden waiting the train in front to depart, then into Norden passing 33 111 on the way which was doing driver experience trips.
Then to Corfe Castle where we waited for the service from Swanage headed by Sir Keith Park – Battle of Britain rebuilt Pacific which has recently returned to service. Got out and took a couple of photos of the Cl 20’s on the back attached to the 4TC.
Leaving Corfe Castle we ran non stop to Swanage, passing Harmans Cross and in no time arrived at Swanage in the bay platform right on time, and waiting on the other side was the Hymek to take the next train out.