Resident class 33 D6515 waits at Norden for its train to arrive from Swanage. 1/4/2006
D6515 departs Norden with the late running 1030 to Swanage on the first day of their Branch Line Gala.
Blue liveried push-pull fitted 33108 crosses Corfe Viaduct with the 1010 from Swanage freight train. All trains ran about 40 minutes late due to D8188 failing on the first train.
33108 pilots failed 56xx 0-6-2T 6695 with the demonstration freight. A pin on the reversing linkage had come unwelded and the loco couldn't move.
The freight passes over Corfe Viaduct with 33108 taking 6695 back to Swanage shed for repairs.
The classic up train shot at Corfe Castle with the ruins in the background. 80078 forms the 1110 off Swanage to Norden.
80078 runs back into Corfe Castle, 1150 off Norden.
Class 20 D8188 has been refuelled, the reason for it failing earlier, and runs into Corfe with the late running 1136 freight departure from Swanage.
D8188 departs Corfe passing the up starter.
The English Electric type 1 returns with the demonstration freight. It passes the impressive tall double acting down home semaphore signal.
Driver Ian McDavid looks back from D6515 as it powers out of Corfe heading for Norden, 1150 from Swanage.
The station at Corfe Castle is a real joy with a lovely country feel to it. Trolleys of luggage await the next through train to London. Meanwhile D6515 runs in with the late 1230 from Norden to Swanage.
Rebuilt Bulleid West Country pacific 34028 Eddystone runs into Corfe with the 1230 from Swanage. This is not the London train sadly but one day there will be.
With steam leaking from the cylinder glands 34028 gets away from the station for the short run to Norden.
Having run round at Norden 34028 returns to Swanage, 1310 off.
The freight train is worked by Standard 4 80078 and is seen crossing the impressive viaduct over the Studland road.
The station is viewed from the castle as 34028 departs for Swanage.
80078 descends the 1 in 120 gradient from Norden to Corfe.
80078 crosses Corfe Viaduct, nicely visible again after several large trees were felled a few years ago
D8188 departs Corfe with the 1310 from Swanage, the timetable is still 40 minutes late.
The short three coach train crosses Corfe Viaduct.
About 20 minutes later the train returns headeing for Swanage still with D8188 in charge.
The train runs into Corfe Castle station with no up train to cross.
Now on the down side of Corfe station at School C rossing anda repaired 6695 pilots D6515 as they pass the up home signal with 1350 Swanage to Norden.
The sun is just on the nose of D6515 as Ian McDavid powers away from Corfe with the Sulzer 8LDA28 1,500hp power plant on full chat putting out the clag for the 1 in 80 climb over Corfe Common.
88078 pilots 6695 on a Norden to Swanage working. I'm not sure which train this is as the timetable had virtually collapsed.
By this point it was a lottery as to what loco would be on what train. D8188 drops off the common towards the station with an up train to Norden.