The Board of the Swanage Railway met on Thursday 19th March to consider the current Coronavirus/Covid-19 situation and the impact on the Swanage Railway.
The Board is actively monitoring the advice and guidance coming from HM Government and emphasises that the safety and well-being of all of our staff, our volunteers and passengers is of the utmost importance at this time.
Due to the emerging situation and Government guidance in respect of travel, self-isolation, larger gatherings etc., it is with regret that the Board now feels it is necessary and sensible to postpone the start of our operating season for the foreseeable future.
Earlier decisions resulted in the postponement of our April Diesel Gala and the cancellation of Driver Experience, Orange Timetable services and Mother's Day Lunch train over the weekend of 20th March to 23rd March. Steps are now being taken to advise customers and staff who may be impacted by these decisions.
We are all aware that this is a significantly challenging period for the Swanage Railway and for all other heritage railways as we rely on our passenger income to keep us running. The Board is actively exploring other support that may now become available.
The Board thanks you all for your patience, your support and understanding at this time.
Our very best wishes go to you all, to your families and friends. We look forward to seeing you all in better times.