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Thread: And now... it's: Part 3 - Swanage (50 p.)

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    Smile And now... it's: Part 3 - Swanage (50 p.)


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    Itinerary for April 14:

    Birmingham dep 6:03 (VT "Voyager" -> Reading)
    Oxford arr 7:13

    Oxford dep 8:16 (VT "Voyager" -> Bournemouth)
    Guildford arr 9:28 (scheduled rerouting because of signal work near Basingstoke)
    Guildford dep 9:41 (South West Trains SW 444 -> Weymouth)
    Wareham (Dorset) arr 11:55
    Bus to Corfe Castle

    Harmans Cross dep 14:00 (Swanage 4MT -> Norden)
    Corfe Castle arr 14:10

    Bus to Wareham
    Wareham dep 16:59 (SW 450 -> Micheldever)
    Bournemouth arr 17:26
    Bournemouth dep 18:08 (VT "Voyager")
    Birmingham arr 22:45 (scheduled rerouting)

    First stop that morning was Oxford - finally some real English fog! ;D

    A First Great Western DMU leaves Oxford towards London Paddington next to a waiting Freightliner-loco

    A class 180 "Adelante" arrives

    The reason for my stay at Oxford: a Pathfinder Tours railtour with two EWS 37s

    Shortly before moving on I caught this Freightliner 66 with a container train

    Now it was time for sunshine again at Guildford. Normally Virgin trains to Bournemouth don't pass this station, but a detour because of signal works had to be taken this weekend costing more than one hour. I changed to a South West Trains service for Weymouth so I could reach my destination, Wareham, earlier.

    The station is of course interesting because of its third rail electrification.

    A class 450 (electric Desiro for third rail)

    My train to Wareham (class 444)

    After my punctual arrival at Wareham I could catch the next bus to Corfe Castle at the Swanage museum railway:

    Next: a walk across the lovely southern England landscape in summerly temperatures

    View towards Corfe Castle (village and castle)

    The first steam train to Norden: today British Railways 4MT 80104 from 1955 was in service

    Back to Swanage at 13:20

    I walked on to the next station, Harmans Cross, here some cars on a siding

    The train at 14:00 was about to take me to Corfe Castle

    The DMU into the other direction waited for the classic exchange of the "token"

    At Corfe Castle

    The 14:32 return trip to Swanage

    Impressions from the village

    After a short but intensive hike: the DMU at 15:10 to Swanage from the great castle view

    Nice meeting, sadly no old bus...

    Further views of castle, village and DMU

    The nice weather also was responsible for some air traffic

    At 15:30 the steam train departed towards Norden

    A wide angle view with steam train, the sea can be spotted on the horizon

    The last steam train for the day: 15:52 arrival at Corfe Castle with nice signals

    After a ride by bus and Desiro I took a few snaps of pretty Bournemouth station before starting the long trip home by Voyager

    Last edited by ronik24; 04-29-2007 at 05:31 AM.

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    Great photos!
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    A amazing series of photos, as others said, great light, amazing lines, extreme sharpness to detail. Thank you for taking the time to edit and post these great photos!
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    WOW Roni!! Once again I find that I've yet to scratch the surface..... Your locations and landscape are very refreshing, and inspiring. You have the eye I've been trying to see through. Thank you for sharing your experience. You’ve given me a lot to chew on.
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    Thanks a lot, guys!

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