Model in­spi­ra­tion

Model Rail (UK) - - OPENING THE BOX -

How about this for an in­trigu­ing scene worth mod­el­ling? South Western Rail­way has in­tro­duced a new Satur­days-only ser­vice from Bas­ingstoke to the de­light­ful sta­tion at Corfe Cas­tle on the pre­served Swan­age Rail­way. This ser­vice, which is set to run un­til Septem­ber 8, brings SWR Class 159s to the beau­ti­fully re­stored South­ern Rail­way sta­tion that lies in the shadow of the ru­ined cas­tle, built by Wil­liam the Con­queror. You can find the new ser­vice on Na­tional Rail En­quires, which is a neat twist given that BR de­clared the Swan­age branch sur­plus to re­quire­ments in 1972. There were even plans to build a by­pass through the site. MARK PIKE

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