Going loco: rail enthusiasts jump aboard classic trains as Winter Warm Up rolls through Purbeck

Bournemouth Echo: ALL ABOARD: The Winter Warm Up gets under way ALL ABOARD: The Winter Warm Up gets under way

A NOSTALGIC freight train together with classic steam and diesel locomotives rolled through the Purbeck countryside as part of the first Winter Warm Up mini gala.

More than 600 tickets were sold as railway enthusiasts jumped aboard the Victorian passenger trains and turned out to watch as the vintage freight train sped past the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle.

The Winter Warm Up burst into life between Swanage, Herston Halt, Harman’s Cross, Corfe Castle and Norden park and ride on Saturday.

Swanage Railway general manager Richard Jones said: “The public were 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.

“It was a really enjoyable, nostalgic and evocati-ve day out.

“Nothing could be better.”

The featured steam locomotives hauling the passenger trains included a Victorian-designed 1905 London and South Western Railway M7 tank and a 1947 express Southern Railway Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific Manston.

A milk tanker wagon was attached to the steam trains in a throwback to when there was a dairy next to Corfe Castle station and the milk was sent away by steam train.

The 1960 British Railways Class 33 diesel-electric also drew in the crowds as it made British Rail history in September 1971 when it hauled the last push-pull passenger train to Corfe Castle and Swanage.

Chairman of Swanage Railway Company Peter Sills said: “There were full trains running backwards and forwards all day.

“I couldn’t even get a seat on the second train.

“The old-fashioned freight train and was a unique sight as we don’t run freight trains very often.”

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3:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Dave2207 says...

I am not impressed by the very poor photography, poor choice of viewpoint - rear view of locomotive tender in the shade. I could - and did - do a lot better!
I am not impressed by the very poor photography, poor choice of viewpoint - rear view of locomotive tender in the shade. I could - and did - do a lot better! Dave2207

3:27pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Phixer says...

Dave2207 wrote:
I am not impressed by the very poor photography, poor choice of viewpoint - rear view of locomotive tender in the shade. I could - and did - do a lot better!
The Echo cubs are still trying to work out their Xmas gift of a Brownie box camera.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2207[/bold] wrote: I am not impressed by the very poor photography, poor choice of viewpoint - rear view of locomotive tender in the shade. I could - and did - do a lot better![/p][/quote]The Echo cubs are still trying to work out their Xmas gift of a Brownie box camera. Phixer

4:24pm Tue 31 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

They may be trying to get you to buy the pictures of locos from the railway museum.
They may be trying to get you to buy the pictures of locos from the railway museum. O'Reilly

6:26pm Tue 31 Dec 13

John T says...

Dave2207 wrote:
I am not impressed by the very poor photography, poor choice of viewpoint - rear view of locomotive tender in the shade. I could - and did - do a lot better!
Yes, they might at least got you in the front of frame with your arms folded in indignation, and letting off steam!
[quote][p][bold]Dave2207[/bold] wrote: I am not impressed by the very poor photography, poor choice of viewpoint - rear view of locomotive tender in the shade. I could - and did - do a lot better![/p][/quote]Yes, they might at least got you in the front of frame with your arms folded in indignation, and letting off steam! John T

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