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Wareham Project Update

Statement from Swanage Railway Company, 25th June 2019:

The Class 117/121 diesel multiple units (DMUs) to be used on our timetabled Swanage to Wareham services are still with our contractors Arlington Fleet Services Ltd in Eastleigh.  Extensive testing is being undertaken on the units to make sure they meet all the requirements to safely and reliably operate on the mainline.  Senior members of Swanage Railway Company staff are in regular contact with Arlington staff and frequent site meetings and inspections are taking place.  We are awaiting a completion and delivery date for the DMUs and will announce this as soon as we have received confirmation.

An interim maintenance pit and other facilities to service the DMUs are in the process of being constructed in the sidings at Corfe Castle station.  These will remain in use until a long term lease of Furzebrook sidings is concluded with Perenco and Dorset Council, and funds become available for better facilities to be provided at that location.

Pending the granting of a mainline passenger licence to us by the ORR, we are holding discussions with a third party licensed train operating company on the possibility of operating the DMUs to Wareham on a limited number of days sometime later in 2019 using suitably qualified Swanage Railway drivers and guards.  Any service will obviously be dependent on financial viability. 

Agreement has been reached with South Western Railway on the operation of a summer Saturday service to Corfe Castle.  This will be operated by them until  7th September.

On Sundays between 28th July and 18th August an excursion charter service will also be operated between London Waterloo and Swanage by UK Railtours in association with GB Railfreight.  

The Swanage Railway Company remains fully committed to fulfilling its aims and commitments and to develop sustainable timetabled passenger train services to Wareham.  Accordingly we will continue to update our stakeholders and funders on a frequent basis.

Mark Woolley                                                                                                                                      Secretary Swanage Railway Trust                                                                                                          Director Swanage Railway Company                                                                                                   Project Wareham Director