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Dorset's steam railway to hold recruitment drive event

Swanage Railway driver Mel Cox
Swanage Railway Trust has spent more than 30 years reviving the line

Steam enthusiasts are to get a rare chance to see what goes on behind the scenes of a working railway in Dorset.

Visitors will be able to tour Swanage Railway's re-laid Purbeck Line between Norden park-and-ride, Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross, Herston and Swanage.

The Railway at Work weekend hopes to recruit volunteers to help run the railway.

It carries more than 200,000 passengers a year, said Swanage Railway Trust. The event will be held on 14 and 15 March.

Making history

Swanage Railway's commercial manager, Martin Payne, said: "The weekend is a rare chance to see behind the scenes of a real-life steam railway that has been built from nothing since 1976 - it's an incredible story but there is still so much more to achieve.

"It will be a lot of fun and also very educational too."

People will also get the opportunity to see the restoration of the Battle of Britain class Bulleid Pacific "Sir Keith Park" at the railway's Herston engineering works, off Victoria Avenue.

In November last year, the 11-coach Capital Christmas Express departed from Swanage to take passengers to London.

The last time a steam-hauled passenger train began its journey in the seaside town and ran along the Swanage Railway through Corfe Castle was in 1966.

The historic journey to the capital took five hours.

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