Swanage Railway remained open for business thanks to drainage maintenance, despite severe weather

Bournemouth Echo: NO PROBLEMS: Inspectors check the railway NO PROBLEMS: Inspectors check the railway

THE prioritising of drainage maintenance has played a key role in keeping Swanage Railway moving throughout the record wet winter, rail bosses say.

“Over the past couple of years we have made the clearing of drains, drainage culverts and ditches – as well as under bridges – a priority to ensure the trains keep running and that our trackbed and its embankments are not damaged,” explained Swanage Railway general manager Richard Jones.

Despite far greater volumes of rain and surface water than normally experienced at this time of year, the volunteer railway’s six miles of re-laid line has not suffered any instance of flooding in recent months.

They’ve even been lucky enough not to have had any trees blown over the line.

Mr Jones said: “That vigilance and forward planning over recent years has paid dividends.

“In looking after the tracks, the drainage system and the em-bankments, our permanent way department has been doing a sterling job in making sure that the trains can still run safely.”

Last year the Swanage Railway carried out a major £100,000 drainage system replacement at Swanage railway station.

This eight-week engineering task involved lifting the railway tracks and digging out the clay underneath to a depth of up to six feet.

Mr Jones said: “The Swanage Railway is open for business – despite the very unusual wet and stormy weather that has been hitting the Isle of Purbeck.”

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4:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Ophilum says...

Lets thank our lucky stars that the enviorment agency have not had anything to do with it or you would be up to your necks in water.
Lets thank our lucky stars that the enviorment agency have not had anything to do with it or you would be up to your necks in water. Ophilum
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5:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

poole boy2 says...

Well Done Swanage Railway, just shows it can be done !!
Well Done Swanage Railway, just shows it can be done !! poole boy2
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10:27pm Wed 19 Feb 14

SympatheticSam says...

Wow, 6 miles, how ever did they cope.
Wow, 6 miles, how ever did they cope. SympatheticSam
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11:17pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
Wow, 6 miles, how ever did they cope.
Commendably well, in fact.

Your name seems to be ironic.
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: Wow, 6 miles, how ever did they cope.[/p][/quote]Commendably well, in fact. Your name seems to be ironic. Yankee1
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