The Swanage Railway Trust relies on our members and volunteers. You too can help us by becoming a member of the Swanage Railway Trust, the controlling body of the Swanage Railway.

Aims of the Swanage Railway Trust

The aims of the Swanage Railway Trust are:

  • The creation of a comprehensive historical record of steam railways and steam technology in Southern England.

  • The restoration and on-going maintenance of the rail link between Swanage and Wareham and the re-establishment of a daily service to connect with main line trains

Benefits of Membership

In addition to supporting the Swanage Railway, members get the following benefits:

  • Discounted or free train rides (number and price varies by membership - see information below and the notes)

  • Regular editions of the Swanage Railway Magazine

  • 10% discount on most items sold in the Railway shop

All members over 18 years of age can vote at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting and stand for election to its Council of Management and help shape the Railway’s future (see notes on the application forms). 

As well as supporting the railway financially, all members are welcome to become actively involved as a volunteer. More information is available on the Volunteeering pages of this web site. 

Becoming a Member

The following types of membership are available

  • Annual Membership

  • Lifetime Travel Membership

Details, including the cost. of both along with membership application forms are below.

Membership Enquiries: For all Membership enquiries, changes of address, etc., please contact the Membership Secretary by e-mail at or by post at Swanage Railway Trust, Station House, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB.

Please note that due to current circumstances there may be a delay in responding. 

Members Area: An area restricted to member's of the Swanage Railway Trust is available to on this website. This contains additional documents for members. Please send an email quoting your full name and SRT Membership number to the membership team if you would like access.

Annual Membership

Travel Benefits: 33% travel discount on all scheduled  Swanage Railway Company trains (Norden-Swanage-Norden). 


All Adults – £26.00.
Junior (5 to 18 years) - £15.00
Family (two adults and three children) - £52.00

Membership - which runs for twelve months from date of application / joining - is payable by a one-off payment made every year, or by Standing Order. 


A postal supplement is payable by members resident overseas.

Lifetime Travel Membership

Travel Benefits: FREE travel on all scheduled  Swanage Railway Company trains (Norden-Swanage-Norden).


Individual - £1,000

No family or junior rates are available

Membership - which is available to new members and as an upgrade for existing members - can be paid in full or in installments by bank standing order for a minimum of £20.00 per month.


Note: the travel benefit may be extended in future to the Furzebrook boundary but does NOT cover free travel to Wareham.


The Swanage Railway’s youth group, the Sygnets, provides a way for young volunteers to experience a range of roles and activities around the railway. Taking boys and girls from age 13, Sygnets enjoy a mix of formal and informal learning opportunities.


As well as railway-specific topics, these opportunities include gaining skills valuable away from the railway too, such as First Aid, and Moving and Handling; and also life skills around communication, team working and building self-confidence. We try to ensure that each meeting includes an opportunity to ride on the railway, and to learn about all aspects of safely operating and restoring the railway. All our activities are risk-assessed and take place in the context of a working steam railway.


At age 16, Sygnets are encouraged to move into volunteering with one of the departments, but are mentored and supported through Sygnets until they are 18. With an ever-aging volunteer workforce, Sygnets provides the railway with a stream of knowledgeable and enthusiastic young volunteers. The skills learned in Sygnets are often transferable too, and a steady flow of ex-Sygnets find their way into careers on the national rail network or the wider engineering industry.

The Sygnets normally meet one Saturday a month. We have occasional visits to other railways (including local miniature railways), fund-raising events, and an annual social event. Socialising together – often with a barbecue involved – is an important aspect of monthly meetings.


We are able to take a limited number of young people in Sygnets, and there is normally a waiting list to join. If you’re interested we suggest contacting us from around age 11; but we do sometimes take older applicants if they’re keen to get involved in the railway.


Purbeck Railway Circle

The Purbeck Railway Circle is the area group for Swanage Railway Trust members in Dorset and the surrounding area. Activities include meetings with railway-orientated talks, slide and film shows. There is an annual 'Summer Outing' to another preserved railway or museum (e.g. in 2017 - visit to The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway plus a single journey on the West Somerset Railway). Our meetings include an 'update' on the latest happenings on the Swanage Railway and we provide information on the activities of other local railway and model railway groups and societies.

The Circle publicises its activities in the Swanage Railway Magazine and the local press but the Purbeck Railway Circle website has the most up to date information including any late changes. An email reminder service is also available.

Meetings are normally held on the second or third Friday evening of the month in the well appointed village hall at Harman's Cross adjacent to the Swanage Railway station. Our meetings are open to members and non-members alike and everyone will be made welcome.

There is no separate membership or subscription of the Circle for Trust members. Admission is free for everyone, including tea/coffee and biscuits, but we do ask for a donation in aid of the Swanage Railway Trust.


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Station House, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 1HB. Telephone: 01929 425800. Email:

Photographs are by and copyright Andrew P.M. Wright unless otherwise indicated

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