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Frequently Asked Questions

See our selection of FAQ's below, if you need further help please feel free to contact us.

Are dogs allowed on the trains?

Dogs are welcome on board but must be kept on a lead and on the floor. The fare is £1 per single journey. There is no charge for assistance dogs. Dogs are not permitted in the Buffets, the Dining Trains, the Station Shop or on the Santa Specials (assistance dogs excepted).


Can we break our train journey at Corfe Castle?

Yes - You can break your train journey at Corfe Castle station which is in the centre of the picturesque village and a short level walk to the village square. The Swanage Railway's free to enter museums - the goods shed museum, the cinema coach and exhibition coach - are located at Corfe Castle station.


Are there plenty of parking spaces? Where can we park?

Norden station - a dedicated 350 space car park and coach parking operated by Purbeck District Council (charges apply) just off the A351 Wareham - Corfe Castle main road. SAT NAV Post Code BH20 5DW Corfe Castle station - No customer car parking at Corfe Castle station. limited parking in the village - Charges apply. We recommend parking at Norden (see above). Harmans Cross station - small car park, operated by local council (charges apply) SAT NAV Post Code BH19 3EB Herston Halt - No Parking Swanage station - Victoria Avenue car park, 5 minutes walk from the station (charges apply). SAT NAV Post Code BH20 1PW Coach drop off point adjacent to the station.


How long does the trip take?

A single journey is 25 minutes, a return journey is 1 hour, 10 minutes. A return ticket between Swanage and Norden allows you to break your journey at Corfe Castle. At Corfe Castle Station there are the Swanage Railway Museum (housed in the Old Goods Shed) and the Exhibition Coach which charts the history of the branch line focussing on the rebirth of the line as a heritage railway. At Norden Station there is the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum dedicated to the history of Purbeck Ball Clay Mining, the industrial heritage of the Isle of Purbeck and its narrow gauge railways. See website for details of opening days. http://www.purbeckminingmuseum.org Don't forget to make the most of your Freedom Ticket which gives you travel All Day Long.


Do we have to book tickets advance?

Advance booking is recommended but not essential except for Dining Trains, Santa Specials and Driving Experiences for which advance booking is essential.


Is there a Senior Citizen fare?

We are sorry but we do not offer a Senior Citizen Fare.