A large number of projects are underway at any one time. Most of these are related to maintaining the infrastructure and rolling stock used to operate the line. However, a key activity for the Trust are projects aimed at extending facilities.
This page provides links to more information on some current Trust projects. All these projects are dependent on securing new funding and attracting the volunteers needed to help bring them to fruition. Contact information is provided with each project. Details of many other projects are given in the sections on each department.
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.
The Isle of Purbeck has a rich mineral history and once boasted a substantial network of narrow gauge lines to convey Ball clay to both rail and sea links. One of these lines was the first railway in South West England. The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum Project is seeking to expand its visitor and exhibition centre located at the former Norden Ball Clay Works.