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Diesel Gala 2018

Date: 11th - 13th May

Swanage Railway is delighted to announce the return of the popular ‘Purbeck Explorer’ Mainline Charters on Thursday 10th and Sunday 13th May as an exciting part of the 13th annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival.

Class 33, D6515 ‘Lt Jenny Lewis RN’ is the traction for ‘Purbeck Explorer 1’ hauling the superbly restored London Underground 4TC unit. Departing Ealing Broadway at 10:40, it will be calling at Kensington Olympia, Clapham Junction, Woking and Basingstoke before a non-stop run to Swanage.

Welcoming back Class 20, 20007 to the Mainline after an absence of 16 years, it partners Class 20, 20142 taking ‘Purbeck Explorer 2’ out on the afternoon of Sunday 13th May returning from Corfe Castle to Ealing Broadway (provisional departure time 15:25), calling at Basingstoke, Woking, Clapham Junction, Kensington Olympia and Ealing Broadway.

Tickets for the ‘Purbeck Explorer’ Charters available in advance for £39:50 or £45 on the day (subject to availability). Bookings for both charters are available through the Swanage Railway website at www.swanagerailway.co.uk. Due to the low seating capacity of the 4TC unit demand is expected to be high so booking in advance is recommended!

Thursday 10th May will feature a themed preview day with appropriate diesel and steam services. Details to be announced soon…

The main three day Diesel Gala from Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May will see an intensive four train diesel service operate between Wareham, Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross and Swanage from 8am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8am until 7pm on Sunday.

Including our resident locomotives, the loco line up (subject to availability) will be:

Class 20 - 20007 & 20142
Class 26 - 26007
Class 33 - D6515 & 33111
Class 35 - D7017
Class 50 - 50049 ‘Defiance’
Class 66 - (Courtesy of GBRf)

With more to follow…

The ever popular Dorset Beer Festival will return to Corfe Castle station, where the railway's own ‘Old Pusher’ ale will be on sale. Other attractions include the museum at Corfe Castle, and trade stands at Swanage.

On both the Friday and Saturday evenings the popular ‘Beerex' train will be operating alongside London Underground’s 4TC in ‘Push Pull’ mode with 33111. Traction for the Beerex services will be confirmed nearer the time.

Further details will be posted shortly.

DOWNLOAD THE TIMETABLE HERE (updated 08 February 2018)

Please note timetable is subject to change.