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New railway link after 30 years
In 1972 seven miles of track were lifted in just seven weeks.
Swanage Railway volunteers are a step closer towards running steam trains between Wareham and Corfe Castle.

Plans are under way to initially run non-passenger trains, providing track maintenance on the line, followed later by passenger locomotives.

The plan would need approval by Network Rail and the Railways' Inspectorate. Plans for a permanent connection on the newly-relaid Purbeck Line have been mooted since the old branch line closed more than 30 years ago.

Nick Brown, Swanage Railway general manager, said: "It took British Rail just seven weeks to lift the seven miles of track between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Motala near Furzebrook during the summer of 1972.

"It took the volunteer-run Swanage Railway 30 years to relay it."

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