More info: Swanage lies at the tip of the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula bordered by the English Channel to the south, and by the marshy lands of the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north and east.
Swanage railway station was originally the terminus of a London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) branch line from Wareham. The line and station were closed by British Rail in 1972 but is has since reopened as a station on the Swanage Railway - a heritage railway that currently runs from Norden station just north of Corfe Castle to Swanage station. There is also a limited service to Wareham.
The Swanage Railway ran its first train in August 1979 from a temporary platform under Northbrook Road bridge up to the council yard. It began operating a steam service at the Swanage end of the line in 1982. The passenger station, goods shed and locomotive facilities have been restored to their 1937 configuration, although the goods yard is now the site of a supermarket.
Trains run every day from the beginning of April to late October, with weekend only operation in March, November and December. The level of service varies from 6 to 17 trains a day in each direction, depending on the season and the day of the week. Northbound, trains operate to stations at Herston, Harman's Cross, Corfe Castle and Norden also to Wareham on certain services.