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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
14-Feb-20 Paddling across the Bay: paddle steamers sailing from Bournemouth and Swanage Brian Jackson
One hundred and fifty nine years ago this coming September both Swanage and Bournemouth piers were opened to paddle steamer excursions, and over the years a number of well-remembered vessels regularly called including; Premier, Empress, Victoria, Monarch, Balmoral, Lorna Doone, Majestic, Bournemouth Queen, Embassy and many others.

The Balmoral and Majestic were fast steamers making the long excursions to both the east and west and across the Channel to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands. Before the First World War the Solent was only second to the Clyde for the amount and variety of sailings on offer. Today the Waverley is the sole survivor of a once proud tradition.
13-Mar-20 The Devon Belle Ken Mumford
A journey on this once renowned S.R.Pullman train from Waterloo to the West Country, visiting places of interest en route as far as Sidmouth Junction.
22-May-20 Colour-Rail Paul Chancellor
19-Jun-20 The Swanage Railway's Adams T3 Locomotive Project
18-Sep-20 Wareham Remembered Andrew PM Wright
Venue: Village Hall, Haycraft's Lane, Harman's Cross, Dorset BH19 3EB 7.30pm unless otherwise stated