All aboard for a trip back in time at Purbeck Transport Rally

All aboard for a trip back in time

Classic steam engine No. 362 ‘Martello’

Swanage Railway general manager Richard Jones

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

ALL aboard for a journey back in time.

Classic 1940s carriages will be in action to transport car and train enthusiasts to a popular rally. More than 300 exhibits are set to be featured at this year’s annual Purbeck Transport Rally.

The annual yesteryear gathering takes place next to Harman's Cross station – between Corfe Castle and Swanage.

And those who travel to the rally by train on the Swanage railway line will be given free admission to the nostalgic event.

An ‘intensive’ timetable of train services will be operating throughout the rally, which takes place this weekend.

To mark the occasion, 1940s Bulleid carriages will be in operation.

Steam trains will be running from 10am to 10.45pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 6.15pm on Sunday.

Swanage Railway general manager Richard Jones, said: “The annual transport rally is a really great day out for both the family and the enthusiast alike.

“There will be more than 300 exhibits on show – from classic cars, lorries and motorcycles through to traction engines, tractors, stationary engines, stalls and refreshments.

“We will be operating an intensive timetable on all three days with steam-hauled trains also running on the Friday and Saturday evenings – and the Bistro evening dining train running on the Friday.”

The last evening train on the Friday and Saturday departs Swanage station at 10.15pm while the last departure from Corfe Castle is at 10.45pm.

The last train for the Purbeck District Council park and ride car park next to Norden station leaves Swanage station at 7.15pm on the Friday and Saturday and 6.15pm on the Sunday.

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