Train services will once again run from Dorchester and local villages through to historic Corfe Castle this summer after the huge success of last year’s trial – when more than 4,000 tickets were snapped up.

Swanage-trainsThe special summer service runs to Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway, where passengers can change for a steam train and head for the beach at Swanage with special ‘add-on’ tickets.

South Western Railway will be operating direct train services every Saturday during the summer starting from Salisbury and stopping locally at Maiden Newton, Weymouth, Dorchester, Moreton, Wool and Wareham.

Direct trains depart Maiden Newton at 10.08, Dorchester West 10.18, Upwey 10.24, Weymouth 10.29, Dorchester South 10.48, Moreton 10.56, Wool 11.03 and Wareham at 11.10. There are two later trains running only from Wareham to Corfe at 13.12 and 15.12. Trains return from Corfe to Wareham at 12.10, 14.45, and 15.45.

David Rawsthorn from the Swanage Railway said: “We are delighted that the ongoing partnership with South Western Railway will enable a regular train service to run again on summer Saturdays to Corfe Castle.”

Kelly Marshall, community rail officer for the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership, said: “This is most welcome news for the partnership and exciting for everyone in the local community.”

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