Dorset life, travel

Best of 2018: Sunsets in Swanage – The Southerner Blogs

As we enter the last few days of the year of 2018, I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling reflective.  In that spirit, I thought it would be great to honour some of this years best memories with their own posts – and here, dear readers, I bring you my series of “Best of…
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Dorset life, Railway, Railway days

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 the Swanage steam railway

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).

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After a 25 minute ride to Swanage we got off and Manston ran round for the return trip.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A good trip – very impressed by the railway.