Posted on 07/16/2013

Photo taken on February 12, 2012

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Corfe Castle
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Corfe Castle from the abandoned railway.....

Corfe Castle from the abandoned railway.....
Of course the railway didn't stay 'abandoned' for long.

In January 1972 British Railways had closed the branch line and lifted all the track, but since 1995 volunteers progressively reopened the line back to Corfe Castle station (and further subsequently)

Corfe Castle stands above the village of the same name. Established by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The iconic building is a 'survivor' of of the English Civil War despite being partially demolished on Parliament's orders in 1646. I wonder how popular - or famous - it would be if it was intact?

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I used to stay in 'camping coaches' at Corfe Castle station in the '60s, I recall a goods train being derailed there . . .

Nice jaunty angle to the photo.
5 years ago.
BourneFree has replied to Amazingstoker
Thanks for your comments.

I wonder if that derailment was caused by the run-down of the branch - lower maintenance levels, etc.?
5 years ago.
I had not realised that all of the track had been lifted; makes the present railway all the more remarkable.
5 years ago.
BourneFree has replied to Lost-Albion
Not only the track - they have put in a turntable (ex-LT Neasden), put up a water tower, constructed a new signal box and that's just at Swanage!
5 years ago.