The Swanage Railway

A couple of photos from the Swanage Railway taken in mid-August. Here’s the venerable T9 class 4-4-0 No 30120, dating from 1899 entering Corfe Castle station.

These locomotives were once top-link express locomotives. Unlike many other locomotives from that era they managed to make themselves useful on less glamourous local work long after they were displaced by larger and more powerful types in 20th century. They lasted until the 1960s, where 30120 was the last one running, the only example to survive.

The M7 class 0-4-4T No 30053 is almost as venerable, dating from Edwardian times. Like the T9, 30053 wears the 1950s British Railways livery of the final years of steam, matching the BR Mk1 coaches of the train.

One nice feature of the Swanage Railway is that all the locomotives and rolling stock running carries liveries from the same period; in contrast to the ahistorical mish-mash you tend to get on many other preserved lines. Bar the fact that the locomotives are spotlessly clean, you could be stepping back in time to about 1960.

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