The Swanage Railway Trust relies on donations to provide the finance for a wide variety of projects around the railway. However, specific appeals are occasionally launched for major, long-term or special projects. This page outlines the current appeals and includes buttons to enable an immediate donation to be made by credit or debit card.The Swanage Railway Trust (SRT) is the registered charity (number 1087318) that controls the Swanage Railway via its trading subsidiary, the Swanage Railway Company (SRC).

Donations can be made online or by post. To donate online, choose the appeal from the drop-down list in the side panel and click on the 'Paypal' button.
Alternatively, download a single-payment or Standing Order form, fill it out and post it to our Treasurer.

Swanage Moguls Fund

Swanage MogulsThe Swanage Railway now has the largest collection of Southern Railway Maunsell Mogul historic steam locomotives in the UK.  Only one – U Class 31806 - is currently in traffic and we urgently need your help to restore 'N' class, no. 31874 built in 1925, and then 'U' class No. 31625, built in 1929, to fully operational condition.

All engines will be overhauled to mainline standards to enable them to operate to and from Wareham and beyond in future.  For more information please see the Swanage Railway Maunsell Moguls website at: 

Sponsor a Sleeper

Every year we have to replace many wooden sleepers on our heritage line and over the next year we will be replacing over 1000 sleepers between Motala and Worgret in preparation for us linking up with the National Rail Network at Wareham. 

We are asking if you would please help us maintain our track and also fulfil our vision of connecting to Wareham by sponsoring a sleeper either in part for £10 or in full for £30, which is the approximate cost of a sleeper.

Please click on the link below for further details, a donation form and Gift Aid form.  Alternatively please use the PayPal links on the right side of the page.

Sponsor a Sleeper

Project Wareham

There has been tremendous progress on Project Wareham in recent months.  The new signalling scheme between Wareham and Norden, funded by Dorset County Council and Purbeck District Council, entered service in February 2015 and, following completion of a small number of outstanding tasks and final testing, will shortly be fully commissioned.  Donations and further significant grant aid received from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and from BP has enabled large sections of the permanent way between Norden and our new lease boundary near Worgret to be upgraded, after years of neglect, and an impressive new level crossing and associated road-rail interchange to be constructed at Norden Gates. 

Meanwhile, good progress is being made off-site on completing the extensive overhaul of our BR first generation Class 117 and 121 Diesel Multiple Units.  Whilst delays in completing the DMU wheelsets presents a challenge, the Swanage Railway’s founding objective of reconnecting Swanage with Wareham is now almost within our grasp.  However, we now urgently need your help to finish the job, and enable over 40 years of hard work and sacrifice to finally pay off. 

For more details please go to the Project Wareham link on our Projects page.



Heritage Coach Fund

The Swanage Railway Trust owns, and is custodian to, one of the country's most important collections of former Southern Railway coaches. This collection has been carefully assembled to represent the types of coaches that served the area and includes a number of vehicles that regularly visited the Swanage branch.  The Heritage Coach Plan is divided into three key sections: a four coach Bulleid set, a two coach Maunsell push-pull set and a five coach Ironclad/Maunsell set.  Full project details can be found via the link below which will open a PDF file.

Read more: Heritage Coach Fund

Water Tower Project

The Railway has recently recovered a redundant stone based LSWR water tower from Salisbury station.  A project has been drawn up to rebuild this historic structure at Swanage and install a spring water extraction system. In the long term this will save the Railway a large amount of money as we will no longer be dependent on using treated water from the mains for our steam engines. We urgently require additional funds to ensure the completed project becomes a reality.


Where People Matter

Watch a video about the contributions made by the volunteers on the railway. Click below to watch it on our YouTube site.


How to Donate

Via PayPal:
Select an appeal from the dropdown list then click the 'PayPal' button


or download and print a form to send your payment: (all forms open in a new window)

A single donation:

Or a form to set up a regular contribution:


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