Its nice to see theyve finally done it.
Im sure that this isnt the first time mainline stock has strayed on to Swanage railway metal since closure. If memory serves (I cant find my reference book at the mo) A virgin voyager visited a few years ago to celebrate the joining of the Swanange track to the mainline.
I wonder if this will become a trend for some preserved railways? The Watercress Line shares a station with Network Rail at Alton and The Bluebell will be open to East Grinstead in a year or three. My feeling is probably not; the seaside at Swanage is a stronger "general" draw than Alresford or Sheffield Park.
There was a report of the ELR running commuter trains into Manchester last week.
With regard to preserved lines being connected to the existing Railway Network, I would commend the North Norfolk Railways'
ambition/project at Sheringham next winter.
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