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Swanning Around is a volunteer produced newsletter giving a look at what's happening around the Swanage Railway. Prepared and edited by John Denison, Swanning Around will be a regular publication with news, photos, gossip and more.

To contribute to the newsletter, please send your news, photos etc. to John Denison - email swanningaround@swanagerailway.co.uk

Please Note: Earlier editions (61 to 69) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (61-69) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (46 to 60) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (46-60) page

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Please Note: Earlier editions (12 to 23) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (12-23) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (1 to 11) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (1-11) page


Swanning Around - Issue 75, June 28th 2021.

Issue 75 of Swanning Around

The Swanage Railway 'on tour' as Maunsell U-Class 31806 works a mainline charter from Eastleigh to Portsmouth and Brockenhurst - Mucky man of the month (Josh Webb), new Swanager 'kiosk' catering in the Booking Hall, news of 80104, works aroun d the railway, Purbeck Mining Museum and works (at Eastleigh) to 33012/D6515.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 75 (June 28th).

Swanning Around - Issue 75 - June 28th 2021

Swanning Around - Issue 74, June 1st 2021.

Issue 74 of Swanning Around - the 'official' start of summer!

Changes to motive power as 80104 bows out at the end of its 10 year boiler certificate and 34028 Eddystone enters service with guest loco 78018 visiting from the Great Central Railway. News of the new Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Officer, restoration of a brake van by the Wagon Group, volunteer news and news of the new Realtime Trains passenger information system.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 74 (June 1st).

Swanning Around - Issue 74 - June 1st 2021

Swanning Around - Issue 73, April 28th 2021.

Issue 73 of Swanning Around - with passenger services now running again

Passenger services returned from the 12th April and this editiom reports on the re-start - and on the return of 34028 Eddystone to the railway on 26th April. Mucky Man of the Month is Ethan Waller and there are reports on hand drilling rails and reports on carriage repairs and PWay works.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 73 (April 28th).

Swanning Around - Issue 73 - April 28th 2021

Swanning Around - Issue 72, April 1st 2021.

Issue 72 of Swanning Around - with trains now running again

With changes to Covid restictions it has been possible for volunteers to return to the railway - and a great deal of work has been done in preparationm for re-opening on 12th April. Carriage s have been cleaned and door jambs painted, PWay have comnpleted the relay of New Barn bridge, Andy Dunster and friends have refitted the Corfe Castle kitchen - and trains are running providing refresher workings for all safety critical staff.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 72 (April 1st).

Swanning Around - Issue 72 - April 2021

Swanning Around - Issue 71, February 28th 2021.

Issue 71 of Swanning Around - with re-opening now on the horizon

With the Government announcement of the roadmap out of Covid restrictions, the railway is now looking to start services on April 12th. But - before we start there remains a lot to do. The Pway team have been carrying out serious repair works to New Barn Bridge and the Locomotive team have lifted the boiler our of 31806 and replaced it with the refurbished boiler from 31874. With other works underway the railway is feeling that our 2021 season is just around the corner!

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 71 (February 28th).

Swanning Around - Issue 71 - February 2021

Swanning Around - Issue 70, January 27th 2021.

Issue 70 of Swanning Around - the first for 2021

2021 is now here - and this January edition comes with details of work going on under lockdown restrictions at Swanage. Read this edition for updates on PWay work, preparing to lift timber bridge beams at New Barn, lifting the boiler of 31806, SOS Appeal update, D6515 excursion to Eastleigh for work, the end of Steam and Lights and much more.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 70 (January 27th).

Swanning Around - Issue 70 - January 2021

Please Note: Earlier editions (61 to 69) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (61-69) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (46 to 60) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (46-60) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (36 to 45) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (36-45) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (24 to 35) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (24-35) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (12 to 23) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (12-23) page

Please Note: Earlier editions (1 to 11) of Swanning Around have now been moved to a separate (1-11) page


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