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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

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


Swanning Around - Issue 69, December 23rd 2020.

The Christmas 2020 edition (69th) of Swanning Around

Christmas 2020 is here - and this special edition of Swanage Around comes with seasonal Greetings to you all. Words and pictures from the festive 'Steam and Lights' plus the Restoring your Railway award, PWay works and the imminent return of the boiler for 31874!

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 69 (December 23rd).

Swanning Around - Issue 69 - December 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 68, November 25th 2020.

The 68th edition of Swanning Around

It is now November and the SR trains do not normally run - so the second lockdown has not had such an impact as it might have had in earlier months. Bit - work continues on the railway and the latest Swanning Around gives a feel of what has been happening - from shunting stock for the Steam and Lights trains, progress with the M7 rebuild, PWay works, Harmans Cross and Telecomm team and a review of volunteer profiles.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 68 (November 25th).

Swanning Around - Issue 68 - November 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 67, October 25th 2020.

The 67th edition of Swanning Around

Darker days are with us again as the clocks go back and there is news of the new Steam and Lights Christmas trains, progress with the Save Our Service Appeal, Permanent Way work to clear up after Storm Alex and to clear drains, re-roofing of 'Annabel', DMU tests and Signalmen at work!

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 67 (October 25th).

Swanning Around - Issue 67 - October 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 66, September 23rd 2020.

The 66th edition of Swanning Around

After a busy summer period, the railway is now settling in to provide services under changing Covid restrictions. Swanning Around takes a look at summer services and work going on around the railway including the PWay gang, the Heritage Coach group and more.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 66 (September 23rd).

Swanning Around - Issue 66 - September 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 65, August 18th 2020.

The 65th edition of Swanning Around

Reset, Restart, Recover - Covid-19 is still with us, and likely to be for some time to come. Nobody can predict when the country and the Swanage Railway will be back to normal, or whatever normal will be in the future. But the railway is at least able to run some trains, albeit under strict regulation.

In this issue details of work unhder Covid restrictions, work to install new partitions in open Mk1 stock, caption time and details new long service badge awards.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 65 (August 18th).

Swanning Around - Issue 65 - August 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 64, July 15th 2020.

The 64th edition of Swanning Around

The railway is now emerging from Coronavirus lockdown and limited train services have begun. There are updates on work to prepare trains for service, signalling works at Corfe Castle and repairs to the signa box at Harmans Cross and more.

Also in this issue details of work overnight with 2 GBRF Class 66 locomotives working a brand new Class 701 EMU onto the branch as part of a new Bombardier stock testing programme.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 64 (July 15th).

Swanning Around - Issue 64 - July 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 63, June 17th 2020.

The 63rd edition of Swanning Around

The railway remains in Coronavirus lockdown - for a few weeks longer at least! There are updates on fund raising, remote conference meetings for the SRT Council of Management, the BBC reports from Swanage, maintenance work in progress in signal boxes and on the ground (PWay), gardening and painting, the volunteer survey and more

Also in this issue details of work overnight with 2 GBRF Class 66 locomotives working a brand new Class 701 EMU onto the branch as part of a new Bombardier stock testing programme.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 63 (June 17th).

Swanning Around - Issue 63 - June 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 62, May 21st 2020.

The 62nd edition of Swanning Around

The railway remains in Coronavirus lockdown and there are updates from the Board on discussions relating to re-starting services and permitting volunteers to return. Of course, all depends on Govt. and regulatory advice and the availability of sanitiser, masks and more.

In this issue details of work being carried out - some testing, some gardening and some remoal of fallen trees. A skeleton staff is essential to keep things going even in these times.

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 62 (May 21st).

Swanning Around - Issue 62 - May 2020

Swanning Around - Issue 61, April 16th 2020.

The 61st edition of Swanning Around

Coronavirus has struck and the Swanage Railway is now shut down. The latest issue has a statement from the Chair (Liz Sellen), a T3 update, links to Save our Service videos, and almost an April fool!

Please click the link or the image (right) to download Swanning Around - Issue 61 (April 16th).

Swanning Around - Issue 61 - April 2020

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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