Swanage Railway near Corfe Castle, Dorset,.England

A class M7 tank locomotive number 30053 heads the 12.15pm steam train from Corfe Castle to Swanage on the Swanage Railway on the 27th December 2014. A heritage railway line in Dorset Southern England The line was from 1886 a branch of the London and South Western Railway from Wareham to Swanage. Passenger service was withdrawn in 1972 and after closure a heritage railway group revived part of the line; it too used the name Swanage Railway and now operates a 6-mile (9.7 km) line, which follows the route of the former line from Norden, via Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage.
In the background are the skeletal remains of Corfe Castle The Castle has dominated the skyline of the Isle of Purbeck for the past thousand years. From its inception, it was designed to protect from invasion from the coast, with its passage through the Purbeck Hills from Swanage to Wareham. Corfe Castle was a ring and bailey castle built in early Norman times during the era of William the Conqueror. Prior to the Normans, there was a fortification on this site, and there may have been a Roman military presence here as well. William the Conqueror rebuilt the fortification with stone to insure its durability for use as a royal fortress
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Swanage Railway near Corfe Castle, Dorset,.England

Swanage Railway near Corfe Castle, Dorset,.England
A class M7 tank locomotive number 30053 heads the 12.15pm steam train from Corfe Castle to Swanage on the Swanage Railway on the 27th December 2014. A heritage railway line in Dorset Southern England The line was from 1886 a branch of the London and South Western Railway from Wareham to Swanage. Passenger service was withdrawn in 1972 and after closure a heritage railway group revived part of the line; it too used the name Swanage Railway and now operates a 6-mile (9.7 km) line, which follows the route of the former line from Norden, via Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage.
In the background are the skeletal remains of Corfe Castle The Castle has dominated the skyline of the Isle of Purbeck for the past thousand years. From its inception, it was designed to protect from invasion from the coast, with its passage through the Purbeck Hills from Swanage to Wareham. Corfe Castle was a ring and bailey castle built in early Norman times during the era of William the Conqueror. Prior to the Normans, there was a fortification on this site, and there may have been a Roman military presence here as well. William the Conqueror rebuilt the fortification with stone to insure its durability for use as a royal fortress
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