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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


Swanning Around - Issue 109, 17th May 2024.

Issue 109 Swanning Around

Another bumper edition of Swanning Around with much about recent events and operations on the Swanage Railway. Key amongst these was the recent and highly anticipated Swanage Diesel Gala. A great event with the most visitors yet for an event albeit not without incident.

Also featured is the SITREP summary, Swanage loco on tour, Swanage on the telly (yes! Big Steam Adventure, Ch.5 8.00pm, 17th May or later on catch up), work at Norden, a (French) school visit to the Purbeck Mining Museum, driver experience workings and anticipation building for Strictly Bulleid 2.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 109 (17th May).

Swanning Around - Issue 109 - 17th May 2024

Swanning Around - Issue 108, 10th April 2024.

Issue 108 Swanning Around

The Swanage Railway is back in regular service with special events already taken place at the start of the regular running year.

March saw a Victorian Weekend with the railway welcoming visiting SECR O1 No. 65 from the Bluebell Railway to run alongside our own Adams T3 No. 563. A great weekend with staff and visitors dressed up for the occasion. Easter saw a very popular Easter Egg Hunt - photos of noth great occasions and much more in the new Swanning Around..

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 108 (10th April).

Swanning Around - Issue 108 - 10th April 2024

Swanning Around - Issue 107, 10th March 2024.

Issue 107 Swanning Around

The March edition provides an opportunity to review recent SITREPs and the development of the Recovery Business Plan, Catering services and more.

February saw a great Community Weekend with the railway showing itself to the local community and welcoming much interest in volunteering.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 107 (10th March).

Swanning Around - Issue 107 - 10th March 2024

Swanning Around - Issue 106, 8th February 2024.

Issue 106 of Swanning Around

January for the Swanage Railway often means shutdown, with no trains. And so it is again this year, with track work at Swanage and engineering work at Norden to name just two reasons why trains cannot run. However, we will be restarting public services from 10th February for Half Term week, followed closely by special events on Community Weekend.

Shutdown is a time for maintenance, and many examples are featured in this issue, including the Purbeck Mining Museum reception building.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 106 (8th February).

Swanning Around - Issue 106 - 8th February 2024

Swanning Around - Issue 105, 11th January 2024.

Issue 105 of Swanning Around

Welcome to the first issue of Swanning Around in 2024! Information here about Polar Express and a focus on the work of a signalman - Mike Walshaw. The Winter Warm Up in early January saw 4 locos in action - 2 steam including Adams T3 No. 563 - with good attendance. Information too about spring replacement on the 08 and progress with the 4TC.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 105 (11th January).

Swanning Around - Issue 105 - 11th January 2024

Swanning Around - Issue 104, 7th December 2023.

Issue 104 of Swanning Around

We wish our readers and Swanage Railway supporters a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The Swanage Railway Christmas offering this year is The Polar Express and, as you might expect, there’s some of that in this issue. The main concern for the railway management is still the finances and there is more of this as well. With details of Sygnets and progression, a new Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Officer and movements in and out there is much to read.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 104 (7th December).

Swanning Around - Issue 104 - 7th December 2023

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