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The Local Area Group of the Swanage Railway Trust
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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-Feb-19 Building The Lunatic Line 1896 to 1901 Presentation Kevin Patience
The “Lunatic Line” was the political name of the Uganda Railway built across British East Africa through hazards including monsoon rains, man-eating lions, disease, and warring tribes.  
Financed by Britain, it was an extraordinary story of Victorian railway engineering at its best as it traversed the tropical bush and Great Rift Valley. The infamous “Man-Eaters of Tsavo” were a pair of lions that killed 34 workers building the Tsavo Bridge in 1898. The line finally reached Lake Victoria in 1901 and the last leg of the journey to Uganda was completed by lake steamer. Author and historian Kevin Patience tells the story of this unique railway.
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.  
12-Apr-19 A Wander round the West Country Presentation Colin Stone
Further details to come
10-May-19 French Railways Michael Bunn
Michael returns with a further presentation.
Venue: Village Hall, Haycraft's Lane, Harman's Cross, Dorset BH19 3EB 7.30pm unless otherwise stated