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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
16-Nov-18 The Southern Region since 1954 Presentation Michael Baker
Michael has been taking photographs all over the Southern Region since the mid-1950s. He travelled to school and college by Southern Electric and during his student days he worked as a porter at Victoria and Gatwick Airport stations. Evacuated after being bombed out in Croydon in 1944, he lived in Bournemouth and thus got rather more chance to travel by Southern steam. Only later did he come to appreciate the myriad varieties of ex LB&SCR tank engines and, even later, pre-grouping suburban EMUs. Most of the photos in the presentation were taken by Michael, the remainder fill the gaps which he never got round to plugging. He has written several books and a number of articles on the Southern
17-Nov-18 Somerset and Dorset Weekend Event
The Swanage Railway is pleased to announce that it will hold an additional Special Event, the Somerset & Dorset Weekend, over the weekend of 17-18 November 2018.
11-Jan-19 Of tangerine, chocolate and Irish cream: a transport odyssey around Britain and Ireland. Presentation Gavin Johns
A presentation concerning transport enthusiasm in the 1950s/1960s.
08-Feb-19 Building The Lunatic Line 1896 to 1901 Kevin Patience
The “Lunatic Line” was the political name given to the Uganda Railway built between 1896 and 1901 across British East Africa (now Kenya).
08-Mar-19 The Railways of Yeovil Brian Jackson
Brian makes a further visit to the PRC with another topic of local interest.
Venue: Village Hall, Haycraft's Lane, Harman's Cross, Dorset BH19 3EB 7.30pm unless otherwise stated