Swanage Railway Trust



Please help us extend the life of our heritage coaches by providing covered accommodation at Herston, on the approach to Swanage.

A Critical Project to Help Protect our Heritage Coaches

The Swanage Railway's carriage fleet - including the Trust’s 1930s Maunsell and 1940s Bulleid vintage carriages - are currently stored in open sidings when not in use. This new covered accommodation - the first built by the Swanage Railway Trust - is urgently required to protect these irreplaceable vehicles from the weather - and especially the strong sun and sea air that first attracted visitors to Swanage. In addition to better protection, the shed will help reduce the ongoing costs of the maintenance and overhaul of our carriages.

The new Carriage Shed Appeal hopes to raise £32,000 towards the total construction costs of £220,000 for the shed which is being constructed over the sidings east of Herston Halt on the outskirts of Swanage. Due to the restricted size of the site – next to the running line – the new shed will cover two tracks, one track accommodating six carriages and the second track accommodating four carriages.

With the new shed being 131 metres long, 6.55 metres high and 9.26 metres wide, the covered area of the new structure will be almost 1,000 square metres. The new carriage shed will have full sides on its south side – to protect carriages from the ravages of sun, wind and rain – while the north side of the new shed will have a half-height wall down from the roof with the lower half being open. This cost-saving design is being adopted to ensure clearances, for staff safety, as well as light and ventilation. The west and east ends of the shed will be open, to allow ease of
access, while the roof of the new carriage shed will have air vents and skylights.


The total cost of the project is estimated at £220,000. Much of this has already been found but £32,000 remains to be raised through donations to this appeal. Work on site will begin in January, 2020 with the erection of the shed and will continue with ftting out work throughout 2020

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Ways to Help

The Swanage Railway Trust has allocated £153,000 towards the £220,000 total cost of the carriage shed project. Whilst the Trust’s fundraising group is applying for grants that will total £35,000 – this still leaves £32,000 to be raised from donations.

This is a vital project that the Trust has worked towards for a long time, first by clearing the site including extensive earthworks and now by seeking to raise the remaining funds needed to construct the carriage shed.  

The project is being led by Swange Railway Trust volunteer and trustee Nick Coram who said: "I do hope that you will be able to give generously to what is a vital project – and an investment in the future of the Swanage Railway’s carriages – through a one-off donation or a regular Standing Order".


Details of how to make an immediate donation to this project are in the box to the left. If you prefer to send a cheque or set up a regular payment then you can download a form here. However you choose to help, the Trust is grateful for all donations whatever their size or frequency.

Make a Donation

The simplest way to help with this project is to make a donation directly to the Swanage Railway Trust's Carriage Shed Appeal. This can be done using the button below.

Donations are handled via PayPal but you do not need to be registered with PayPal as donations can be made using a wide variety of cards. Donations may be either a single on-off payment or a recurring monthly amount.

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Station House, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 1HB. Telephone: 01929 425800. Email: info@swanagerailwaytrust.org.uk.

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