South Western Railway to run trains to Corfe Castle once again

Corfe Castle Train
Credit: Andrew P M Wright

South Western Railway has announced that they will be running trains to Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway again this Summer.

This follows the success of last summer when Corfe Castle was put back on the rail network for the first time is 46 years.

Corfe Castle will again be fully connected to the national network, providing almost 600 seats a day between Wareham and Corfe Castle.

Direct trains with a £10 day return fares to Corfe Castle from Weymouth and £7 return fares from Dorchester, Moreton and Wool.

Special £7 day return fares to Corfe Castle from Christchurch, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Parkstone and Poole with one simple change at Wareham.

£12 day return from Yeovil and £14 day return from Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe and Sherborne. Railcard discounts apply to all Corfe Castle fares and up to 2 children go free with each adult.

South Western Railway (SWR) and Swanage Railway (SR) are now providing train services to historic Corfe Castle this summer after last years huge success.

This Saturday (May 25) the first summer service will run from London Waterloo (0635) to Corfe Castle via Salisbury, Yeovil and Weymouth.

The special summer service opens up the iconic Corfe Castle and beach at Swanage so that they are accessible by train from London and across the south-west region.

SWR will be operating direct train services every Saturday during the summer from Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil, Maiden Newton, Weymouth, Dorchester, Moreton and Wool and Wareham to Corfe Castle.

What did the officials say?

Chris Loder, Head of New Trains for South Western Railway, said:

 “We’re delighted to be running the direct summer service again to Corfe Castle. We hope this will encourage visitors from across the UK to visit beautiful Corfe Castle and Swanage.”

David A Rawsthorn, Head of Sales and Marketing for Swanage Railway, said:

“We are delighted that the ongoing partnership with South Western Railway will enable a regular train service to run again on summer Saturdays to Corfe Castle. This will give everyone the opportunity of visiting the historic Corfe Castle and join us on board our iconic steam trains to the Victorian seaside town of Swanage.”

Councillor Bill Trite, Chairman, Dorset Councillor and Chairman of the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership, said:

 “We look forward to the start of this service, which proved so popular last year. The trains brought much additional trade to the Swanage Railway, Corfe Castle and to Swanage itself. Many passengers also bought the add-on “Swanage by steam” fares between Corfe Castle and Swanage and their feedback was very favourable.”

Kelly Marshall, Community Rail Officer for the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership, said:

 “This is most welcome news for the Partnership and exciting for everyone in the local community.”

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