Some of the locomotives appearing at the Winter Warm Up

Some of the locomotives appearing at the Winter Warm Up © Andrew PM Wright

Classic steam and diesel locomotives – together with a nostalgic freight train – will be running through the Isle of Purbeck countryside thanks to a special ‘Winter Warm Up’ mini-gala day being staged as the perfect way to blow out the Christmas cobwebs.

The ‘Winter Warm Up’ bursts into life between Swanage, Herston Halt, Harman’s Cross Corfe Castle and Norden Park & Ride on Saturday, 27 December, 2014, with trains running every 40 minutes between 10am and 5.20pm.

Swanage Railway General Manager Richard Jones said: “The public will be able to enjoy the nostalgic delights of classic steam and diesel locomotives – and an evocative freight train from yesteryear – against the beautiful backdrop of the Purbeck countryside and the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle.

“It’s the perfect way to blow away the Christmas Day and Boxing Day cobwebs – and escape the repeats on television or cold turkey – by visiting the Isle of Purbeck for a really enjoyable, nostalgic and evocative day out.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy watching our steam and diesel locomotives working hard on our demonstration freight train – recalling years past when the railways were the backbone of our transport network, especially during the winter,” he added.

Swanage Railway train times – and special event details – are available online at or by telephone on 01929 425800.

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