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The Swanage Railway Trust runs appeals for specific major projects that support the development of the railway and improve the facilities for passemgers and visitors.


LSWR T3 Restoration

This loco was built for the London and South Western Railway in 1893 and donated to the Swanage Railway Trust by the National Railway Museum in 2017.

T3 number 563 last steamed 70 years ago after covering 1.5 million miles on the west of England main line through Dorset and down to Swanage. The Trust aims to restore 563 so that it can again haul trains on the Swanage branch.

Swanage Station Toilets Refurbishment and Accessibility

Swanage Station toilets are now life expired and require refurbishment.

This project includes making the toilets fully accessible.

4TC Multiple Unit

The Swanage Railway Trust owns one of the two surviving 4TC units. These were derived from the trains that defined rail travel in southern Britain for fifty years.

The 4TC is an un-powered 'push pull' unit which works with a class 33 diesel loco. This combination formed the last through trains from Swanage to London under British Rail and many of the Waterloo-Weymouth services from 1967 to 1989.

Dig Deep For Swanage - Locomotive Pit Construction

Running the first trains from Swanage to Wareham is a major milestone but much remains to be done.

Operating a regular Wareham service requires improved locomotive maintenance facilities at Swanage including an unpsection and servicing pit.

Swanage Moguls Fund

The Swanage Railway now has the largest collection of Southern Railway Maunsell Mogul historic steam locomotives in the UK.  Only one - U Class 31806 - is currently in traffic and we urgently need your help to restore 'N' class, no. 31874 built in 1925, and then 'U' class No. 31625, built in 1929, to fully operational condition. 

All engines will be overhauled to mainline standards to enable them to operate to and from Wareham and beyond in future.

This project has its own dedicated web site at: http://swanagemoguls.com/ with more information.

Swanage Water Tower

The Railway recently recovered a redundant stone built LSWR water tower from near Salisbury station.  A project has been drawn up to rebuild this historic structure at Swanage and install a spring water extraction system.

In the long term this will save the Railway a large amount of money as we will no longer be dependent on using treated water from the mains for our steam engines. The groundwork is underway but we still need funds to complete this work.

Heritage Coaches

The Swanage Railway Trust owns, and is custodian to, one of the country's most important collections of former Southern Railway coaches. This collection has been carefully assembled to represent the types of coaches that served the area and includes a number of vehicles that regularly visited the Swanage branch.

We are working to restore these coaches to enable passengers to once again travel in the style of the 1930's and '40's.