Purbeck Adventurer makes historic trip from London Waterloo to Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: Purbeck Adventurer makes historic trip from London Waterloo to Swanage. Purbeck Adventurer makes historic trip from London Waterloo to Swanage.

SOUTHWEST Trains have made history by running a special London Waterloo to Swanage day excursion.

It was the first time the rail company has supplied a train and crew for a service linking the capital to the seaside town.

Aptly named the 'Purbeck Adventurer' the day excursion used two three-coach class 159 diesel trains coupled together, which normally run on the London to Exeter mainline.

The June 29 special excursion train also become the first passenger train travelling via Wareham to use the newly-restored bay platform 1 at Swanage railway station since 1966.

Swanage Railway Company chairman Peter Sills said: “Everyone was delighted and very excited about this excursion train from London.

“Such trains were regular visitors to Corfe Castle and Swanage, from the opening of the branch line in 1885 through to 1969, when British Rail stopped running such trains.

“We are very pleased to have been working very closely with SouthWest Trains and UK Railtours to bring about another step forward and make this a success by using our mainline connection near Wareham to bring 300 people from London.”

It is hoped Network Rail's Poole to Wool re-signalling work will be completed by the end of the year, making it easier to run trains from the national network into Swanage.

“The Purbeck Adventurer excursion train was an example of our mainline link,” said Mr Sills.

A SouthWest Trains spokesman said the company was “delighted” to have played its part in the historic trip.

He added: “The reconnection of the line to our network can deliver many environmental, economic and employment opportunities for the area, as well as benefiting passengers.”

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4:31pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Reader Echo says...

When the line is fully functional from Wareham to Swanage I hope that they keep the pricing similar to main line prices.

I do feel that if it is affordable and regular it can be used as a viable transport option. However if it is over priced and run as just a tourist attraction it would be a great shame.
When the line is fully functional from Wareham to Swanage I hope that they keep the pricing similar to main line prices. I do feel that if it is affordable and regular it can be used as a viable transport option. However if it is over priced and run as just a tourist attraction it would be a great shame. Reader Echo

4:35pm Mon 1 Jul 13

topofall says...

Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two? topofall

4:41pm Mon 1 Jul 13

muscliffman says...

At last, our regular monthly Echo Swanage Railway instalment of ".....have made history by running a special London Waterloo to Swanage day excursion. It was the first time the rail company has supplied a train and crew for a service linking the capital to the seaside town."

Next time it will be "the first historic time Buttercup the Cow's descendants noticed a train go past their field since 1972 - at least whilst it was raining and on a Friday afternoon in July." or similar.

Please can we not go down the 'Vulcan bomber' type route and bore the proverbial off everyone with these repetitive 'first time and historic' total non-stories about a Railway we really want to love!
At last, our regular monthly Echo Swanage Railway instalment of ".....have made history by running a special London Waterloo to Swanage day excursion. It was the first time the rail company has supplied a train and crew for a service linking the capital to the seaside town." Next time it will be "the first historic time Buttercup the Cow's descendants noticed a train go past their field since 1972 - at least whilst it was raining and on a Friday afternoon in July." or similar. Please can we not go down the 'Vulcan bomber' type route and bore the proverbial off everyone with these repetitive 'first time and historic' total non-stories about a Railway we really want to love! muscliffman

4:42pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Azphreal says...

How much was the ticket?
How much was the ticket? Azphreal

4:46pm Mon 1 Jul 13

muscliffman says...

topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August!
[quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August! muscliffman

5:05pm Mon 1 Jul 13

MJD says...

muscliffman wrote:
topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August!
They will get the right picture one day. SWT are running more test trains this week to Montel ground frame.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August![/p][/quote]They will get the right picture one day. SWT are running more test trains this week to Montel ground frame. MJD

7:59pm Mon 1 Jul 13

b26b says...

muscliffman wrote:
topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August!
Sorry to be a pedantic but as a railway buff to some extent I must point out that if this was the case then it was likely provided by 3xClass 158/8 DMU's. Not the 159's the Echo alluded too. That would of made a 3 coach unit to Swanage. If there are any other sados reading, did they divide it up? and if so was it at Wareham. Did they send a 159 to Weymouth empty? If SWT advertise this it could do well in subsequent summers. I know First Great Western do similar from Paddington to Minehead on the WSR and that loads well so im told.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August![/p][/quote]Sorry to be a pedantic but as a railway buff to some extent I must point out that if this was the case then it was likely provided by 3xClass 158/8 DMU's. Not the 159's the Echo alluded too. That would of made a 3 coach unit to Swanage. If there are any other sados reading, did they divide it up? and if so was it at Wareham. Did they send a 159 to Weymouth empty? If SWT advertise this it could do well in subsequent summers. I know First Great Western do similar from Paddington to Minehead on the WSR and that loads well so im told. b26b

8:15pm Mon 1 Jul 13

b26b says...

I actual fact both 159's went, so it was 6 coaches.
I actual fact both 159's went, so it was 6 coaches. b26b

8:31pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Jonas131415 says...

b26b wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August!
Sorry to be a pedantic but as a railway buff to some extent I must point out that if this was the case then it was likely provided by 3xClass 158/8 DMU's. Not the 159's the Echo alluded too. That would of made a 3 coach unit to Swanage. If there are any other sados reading, did they divide it up? and if so was it at Wareham. Did they send a 159 to Weymouth empty? If SWT advertise this it could do well in subsequent summers. I know First Great Western do similar from Paddington to Minehead on the WSR and that loads well so im told.
There are videos on YouTube showing two 159 units; 159006 and 159009
[quote][p][bold]b26b[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August![/p][/quote]Sorry to be a pedantic but as a railway buff to some extent I must point out that if this was the case then it was likely provided by 3xClass 158/8 DMU's. Not the 159's the Echo alluded too. That would of made a 3 coach unit to Swanage. If there are any other sados reading, did they divide it up? and if so was it at Wareham. Did they send a 159 to Weymouth empty? If SWT advertise this it could do well in subsequent summers. I know First Great Western do similar from Paddington to Minehead on the WSR and that loads well so im told.[/p][/quote]There are videos on YouTube showing two 159 units; 159006 and 159009 Jonas131415

10:43pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Yankee1 says...

topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Stock photo.
[quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Stock photo. Yankee1

10:45pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Yankee1 says...

Jonas131415 wrote:
b26b wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August!
Sorry to be a pedantic but as a railway buff to some extent I must point out that if this was the case then it was likely provided by 3xClass 158/8 DMU's. Not the 159's the Echo alluded too. That would of made a 3 coach unit to Swanage. If there are any other sados reading, did they divide it up? and if so was it at Wareham. Did they send a 159 to Weymouth empty? If SWT advertise this it could do well in subsequent summers. I know First Great Western do similar from Paddington to Minehead on the WSR and that loads well so im told.
There are videos on YouTube showing two 159 units; 159006 and 159009
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=ceGUWnQ4
dUw
[quote][p][bold]Jonas131415[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]b26b[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Oh joy! So it was also the "first historic time at Wareham Railway Station when four carriages in a six-car set from London accidently carried on to Weymouth whilst only two headed as intended for Swanage" - perfect, keep it for August![/p][/quote]Sorry to be a pedantic but as a railway buff to some extent I must point out that if this was the case then it was likely provided by 3xClass 158/8 DMU's. Not the 159's the Echo alluded too. That would of made a 3 coach unit to Swanage. If there are any other sados reading, did they divide it up? and if so was it at Wareham. Did they send a 159 to Weymouth empty? If SWT advertise this it could do well in subsequent summers. I know First Great Western do similar from Paddington to Minehead on the WSR and that loads well so im told.[/p][/quote]There are videos on YouTube showing two 159 units; 159006 and 159009[/p][/quote]https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=ceGUWnQ4 dUw Yankee1

1:32am Tue 2 Jul 13

billd766 says...

Yankee1 wrote:
topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Stock photo.
Lazy reporting and research more likely.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Stock photo.[/p][/quote]Lazy reporting and research more likely. billd766

9:53am Tue 2 Jul 13

Red Leader 1 says...

Typical tedious anorak responses which give the hobby a ??? reputation in some eyes.

The big story is the continued re-vitalisation of a fantastic transport link.
Buy the Railway Magazine if you want to check off the numbers!
Typical tedious anorak responses which give the hobby a ??? reputation in some eyes. The big story is the continued re-vitalisation of a fantastic transport link. Buy the Railway Magazine if you want to check off the numbers! Red Leader 1

10:24am Tue 2 Jul 13

TheDistrict says...

Yankee1 wrote:
topofall wrote:
Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?
Stock photo.
It does quote under the photograph, taken from an earlier test............
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Well done, Swanage Railway. Why though, Echo if was a six coach train does your photo only show two?[/p][/quote]Stock photo.[/p][/quote]It does quote under the photograph, taken from an earlier test............ TheDistrict

10:50am Tue 2 Jul 13

NONCOM says...

Can I suggest that before wasting their lives slagging off the Echo and other readers, some of the commentators on this story would be advised to read thoroughly before engaging keyboard.
It clearly states in the caption to the photo that the picture, provided by SWT, is of an earlier test run and that more photos will follow.
Can I suggest that before wasting their lives slagging off the Echo and other readers, some of the commentators on this story would be advised to read thoroughly before engaging keyboard. It clearly states in the caption to the photo that the picture, provided by SWT, is of an earlier test run and that more photos will follow. NONCOM

11:37am Tue 2 Jul 13

Lew Swimmin says...

I look forward to the day when the Swanage Railway becomes a Train Operating Co.. has main line certified steam locos and rolling stock, Network Rail relays the tracks on the second Bourne Valley viaduct to enable loco reversing, and a regular steam hauled passenger service runs between Bournemouth Central and Swanage!

No more interminable queues for the ferry and on the A351.
I look forward to the day when the Swanage Railway becomes a Train Operating Co.. has main line certified steam locos and rolling stock, Network Rail relays the tracks on the second Bourne Valley viaduct to enable loco reversing, and a regular steam hauled passenger service runs between Bournemouth Central and Swanage! No more interminable queues for the ferry and on the A351. Lew Swimmin

12:18pm Tue 2 Jul 13

portia6 says...

Fully agree this train should never have
been derailed! At last another option
to travel to Swanage!
Fully agree this train should never have been derailed! At last another option to travel to Swanage! portia6

12:53pm Wed 3 Jul 13

Phixer says...

Lew Swimmin wrote:
I look forward to the day when the Swanage Railway becomes a Train Operating Co.. has main line certified steam locos and rolling stock, Network Rail relays the tracks on the second Bourne Valley viaduct to enable loco reversing, and a regular steam hauled passenger service runs between Bournemouth Central and Swanage!

No more interminable queues for the ferry and on the A351.
How long before we can take a 9F from B'Mth West to Bath Green Park??
[quote][p][bold]Lew Swimmin[/bold] wrote: I look forward to the day when the Swanage Railway becomes a Train Operating Co.. has main line certified steam locos and rolling stock, Network Rail relays the tracks on the second Bourne Valley viaduct to enable loco reversing, and a regular steam hauled passenger service runs between Bournemouth Central and Swanage! No more interminable queues for the ferry and on the A351.[/p][/quote]How long before we can take a 9F from B'Mth West to Bath Green Park?? Phixer

1:08pm Wed 3 Jul 13

billd766 says...

NONCOM wrote:
Can I suggest that before wasting their lives slagging off the Echo and other readers, some of the commentators on this story would be advised to read thoroughly before engaging keyboard.
It clearly states in the caption to the photo that the picture, provided by SWT, is of an earlier test run and that more photos will follow.
I agree with your suggestion and add one of my own. If the Echo is reporting on a story it would be a good idea to get ALL the facts correct and send the reporter out with a digital camera.

I also notice that the Echo has removed the original photo and replaced it with 2 new ones which are correct and one from 1966 which is OK.
Why was it not possible in the first instance.
There is nothing in the story above about more photos to follow.
[quote][p][bold]NONCOM[/bold] wrote: Can I suggest that before wasting their lives slagging off the Echo and other readers, some of the commentators on this story would be advised to read thoroughly before engaging keyboard. It clearly states in the caption to the photo that the picture, provided by SWT, is of an earlier test run and that more photos will follow.[/p][/quote]I agree with your suggestion and add one of my own. If the Echo is reporting on a story it would be a good idea to get ALL the facts correct and send the reporter out with a digital camera. I also notice that the Echo has removed the original photo and replaced it with 2 new ones which are correct and one from 1966 which is OK. Why was it not possible in the first instance. There is nothing in the story above about more photos to follow. billd766

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