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  • Andy Vincent

SOS Appeal reaches important milestone

We are delighted to announce the success of our ‘Save Our Service Appeal’, to help assist the Swanage Railway's survival as we all continue to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to our generous supporters our appeal surpassed the target and raised a total of £363,206.83!

Our SOS appeal was launched in March 2020 in response to the developing crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus and the inevitable loss of income due to a curtailed operating season. Money raised from this appeal has given the railway the vital lifeline we needed to get through this winter, enabling us to undertake essential care and maintenance work which would not have been possible without your donations. We will soon be ready to operate trains, when restrictions permit, and be in a position to try and make our recovery.

2020 was more challenging than we could have ever imagined and we are incredibly grateful for the hard work and determination of our staff, volunteers and supporters.

Although we have reached our SOS appeal target, the future for our railway remains uncertain as we await Government guidance on the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Our tenacious staff and volunteers are planning for every eventuality, however, it is clear that the ongoing effects of coronavirus will be felt by Swanage Railway for some time to come.

In normal years February half term marked the start of our operating season. With the potential for the railway to be closed for the foreseeable future we are already on the back foot, therefore any continued support you can give to our SOS appeal is gratefully received.

You can still donate by visiting for PayPal and for details about bank transfers and cheques along with Gift Aid that can further boost your donation by 25%.

The Swanage Railway always welcomes new volunteers so, for a chat, contact Swanage Railway volunteer co-ordinator Mike Whitwam on 01929 475212 or email him at


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