Dedicated Swanage Railway volunteers are staging their Autumn half-term Family Fun Week for children and adults between Saturday 22 October and Sunday 30 October, 2011.
The daily two-train service during the Family Fun Week will also see trains hauled by a heritage ex-British Railways diesel rail bus dating from the early 1960s with all-round windows for spectacular views of the Purbeck countryside.
Corfe Castle station also has the goods shed museum with a narrow gauge Victorian steam locomotive, as well as the museum coach featuring displays about the history and rebuilding of the Swanage Railway from 1885 to the present.
Proceeds from the Family Fun Week are going towards the extension and on-going development of the award-winning Swanage Railway which has been rebuilt from nothing since 1976 and last year carried more than 200,000 passengers.
Swanage Railway commercial manager Martin Payne said: “With a range of activities and attractions for children, the Autumn half-term Family Fun Week will be an exciting event with adults sure to enjoy it as much as the youngsters – a cracking good steam-filled day out in the Isle of Purbeck.
“With safe attended car parking next to Norden station, the whole family can enjoy the steam and diesel train rides through spectacular scenery – including views of the impressive ruins of Corfe Castle.
“At Swanage station, there is the railway shop – for buying the perfect early Christmas presents – and the Bird’s Nest buffet from where you can watch the steam and diesel trains arriving and departing,” explained Mr Payne.
Normal train fares apply for the Family Fun Week and tickets can be booked on-line at the Swanage Railway website (see link on the Swanage Railway page)