Annual Outing 2019: 4th September – the Swanage Railway

Our annual visit to a working steam railway heritage site has been changed to a trip on the Swanage Railway on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

The Swanage Railway which ran from Wareham to the seaside town of Swanage was opened in 1885 and closed and demolished in 1972 by British Railways. The process of restoring the line by dedicated volunteers began in 1976. It took BR six weeks to lift the track and almost 30 years to relay it.

The first passenger train run by the newly-formed Swanage Railway Company was in August 1979. This ran just a few hundred yards from Swanage Station. In January 2002 the Swanage Railway Company achieved its ambition of relaying the complete track to Worgret Junction on the mainline and so the link to Wareham was restored. Although the occasional trains run over the full length of the line between Swanage and Wareham, the Swanage Railway Company concentrates its rail service between Swanage and Norden station – some 6½ miles in length.

Against the odds the impossible was achieved.

If you would like to be part of this trip the cost will be £30 per person (this will reduce depending on the final numbers wishing to travel). This cost includes discounted group rail travel on the Swanage Railway and return coach travel (with on board toilet) from Keevil to Swanage.

The closing date for the issue of tickets will be on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

The full timetable is as follows:-

  • Coach – Keevil (Stocks Green) dep. 8.45 am.
  • Swanage Railway Station arr. 11.00 a.m. (approx.)
  • Train – Swanage Railway Station dep. 11.20 am.
  • Norden Railway Station arr. 11.45 am.
  • Norden Railway Station dep. 12.00 noon
  • Corfe Castle Railway Station arr. 12.02 pm.
  • Corfe Castle Railway Station dep. 2.42 pm.
  • Swanage Railway Station arr. 3.04 pm.
  • Coach – Swanage Railway Station dep. 4.30 pm.
  • Keevil (Stocks Green) arr. 6.45 p.m. (approx.)

Tony Howe: Tel: 01380 870661 Email:

Annual outing September 2018
Our annual outing last year was a trip on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Our party of 42 left the village by coach and travelled to Cheltenham Racecourse Station to join the steam train, and from there we travelled to Broadway in the Cotswolds. On arrival we travelled from Broadway station to the village by a vintage London red double decker Routemaster bus.
Our group had a 2½ hour stay which allowed time for lunch and a jolly good look around the village. We returned to the station via the vintage bus and having left Broadway station we enjoyed cream teas on board the steam train back to Cheltenham, before boarding the coach home.
See below a gallery of images from the day by Sarah Dow: click on one to see it full size/in a slide show

How we started…

The Keevil Railway Heritage Group was established in 2017 following a spur of the moment idea when it became known (prior to any press release ) that the iconic Flying Scotsman was to visit the West Somerset Railway and give trips along the line for rail enthusiasts.

With tickets likely to be at a premium, time was of the essence, and it was felt that there was a better chance to secure tickets if they were requested by a railway group. Having to act quickly a few people who we thought would like to be part of this event were contacted. We obtained several names and lodged our interest in the name of the Keevil Railway Heritage Group with the West Somerset Railway in January.

It was not for another two months that ticket allocations were made to interested groups. We were able to purchase 22 tickets which was fortunate as that was the number on our list at the time! Hence the Keevil Railway Heritage Group was born.

Day Out on the Flying Scotsman 2017

Our September day trip was a great success. Leaving by coach at 6.30 am we travelled to Bishops Lydeard for the 10.00 am non-stop journey to Minehead on the Flying Scotsman, rekindling the days of its service from London to Edinburgh. The return trip was pulled by a steam engine from the West Somerset fleet. A very memorable day.

Due to the limitation of tickets we were unable to give more people the chance to join our group on that occasion.

So that we did not to lose the momentum it was subsequently decided to continue with the group and extend a warm welcome to more people if they would like to join us. The sole purpose of the group is to hold an annual outing in September to other railway heritage sites and have a trip on their railways.

If you are interested in joining the Keevil Railway Heritage Group please contact Tony and Rachel Howe (01380 870661)

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