Swanage Railway is a fully-operating heritage steam railway station in the heart of the Purbecks. It opened in 1885 and provided a branch line service between Wareham and Swanage. In 1972 its passenger service was closed but it maintains a residual freight service transporting mineral traffic. Locals and tourists alike lamented the loss of the passenger steam service so a heritage railway group worked to revive a 6 kilometre stretch of line through the pretty Dorset countryside from Norden through Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage. This service operates every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year and every day between Easter and the end of October.
The railway also operates a Santa Special service each December, where families can book a festive train ride with Father Christmas complete with festive tunes, entertainers, decorations and gifts for all the good girls and boys (and mince pies and sherry for the grown-ups!)