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The Local Area Group of the Swanage Railway Trust
Photo : Andrew PM Wright
The PRC provides support for the Swanage Railway Trust and the Swanage Railway. Our main focus is the presentation of railway-oriented talks, slide and film shows. Our meetings include an "update" on the latest happenings on the Swanage Railway. Details of our latest programme are shown below.

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Meeting Programme
Date Description Type Speaker
08-Mar-19 The Railways of Yeovil Brian Jackson
The history of the Railways of Yeovil is complex and interesting, being involved in the Battle of the Gauges and Race to build Main Lines to the West. The first railway to reach the town was the Bristol & Exeter's broad gauge line to Hendford to the west of the town in 1853. A second broad gauge line reached Yeovil Pen Mill in 1856. The third railway, the standard gauge Salisbury & Yeovil, reached Hendford in 1860. As Brian will say, that was just the start of it! The enthusiast had plenty to see of interest: the “Atlantic Coast Express” speeding through Yeovil Junction, whilst Pen Mill had the less salubrious “Channel Islands Boat Express”.
12-Apr-19 A Wander Around the West Country Presentation Colin Stone
Colin takes us on an Imaginary Visual Rail Tour from Poole via Bath, Bristol, Westbury, Exeter, Ilfracombe, Padstow, Lands End, Penzance, Yeovil, Dorchester and home to Poole.
10-May-19 The History of the Railways of Paris Presentation Michael Bunn
The first passenger railway line in France was opened in 1837 from Paris to St Germain en Laye followed by new lines radiating from the capital. Michael Bunn will trace for us Parisian Railway History
02-Jun-19 Proposed Outing to Isle of Wight Railway
Please email the General Secretary if you are interested in going on this Outing.
21-Jun-19 Midsomer Norton rises from the Ashes John Baxter S&DHRT
A presentation on the progress being made at Midsomer Norton. More details to follow.
13-Sep-19 Luxury Railway Travel: A Social and Business History Martyn Pring
Further details to follow
Venue: Village Hall, Haycraft's Lane, Harman's Cross, Dorset BH19 3EB 7.30pm unless otherwise stated