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All aboard ghost train for a spooky night out
Dedicated railway volunteers are staging a special fundraising ‘Spooks and Sparkle’ evening in the run-up to Halloween – and inviting the public to take a chilling evening ghost train to Corfe Castle for a dramatic fireworks display in the historic Medieval ruins.
The ghosts and fireworks event is on Saturday, October 26, with the display being arranged by the company that staged the Millennium Eve display in London.
With some railway staff in ghostly costumes, a special ‘spooks and sparkle’ steam train departs Swanage station at 6.30pm and 7.45pm for Corfe Castle where there will be a spooky churchyard re-created in the station’s picnic area.
There will be live folk music from the Wareham Whalers, a hog roast and refreshments in the grounds of Corfe Castle, with the dramatic fireworks display starting at 8.15pm against the historic ruins of the Norman keep.
Steam trains will be departing Corfe Castle for Harman’s Cross and Swanage at 9.15pm and 10.30pm.
Swanage Railway General Manager, Richard Jones, said: “Our ‘Spooks and Sparkle’ event will be the perfect way to enjoy the build-up to Halloween. We are very grateful to the National Trust for allowing us to use the Corfe Castle ruins.
“Corfe Castle was a royal palace, fortress and prison for more than 600 years, before falling to treachery during the English Civil War of the 17th century and being partially demolished on the orders of Parliament,” added Mr Jones.
The ghosts and fireworks evening is a precursor to the Swanage Railway’s Wizard’s Week for children which runs from Monday, October 28 until Friday, November 1.
With Wizard’s Week activities and refreshments at Harman’s Cross station between 10.30am and 4pm, there will also be exciting brake van rides at Swanage station.
Tickets covering return steam train travel from Swanage and admission to Corfe Castle for the fireworks display are £14 for adults, £10 for children and £40 for a family (two adults and two children aged 5 to 15) with under 5s free.
Details on-line at swan agerailway.co.uk or by calling the Swanage Railway on 01929 425800.
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