Swanage Railway Trust
Help us restore and maintain our collection of Southern Railway coaches so that Swanage Railway passengers can sample travel from the 1930's and '40's
Photo: Keith Harwood
The Heritage Coach Project
The Swanage Railway Trust owns, and is custodian to, one of the country's most important collections of former Southern Railway coaches. These coaches, many of which ran to Swanage, form a vital part of the Trust's heritage remit.
We are working to restore these coaches to enable passengers to once again travel in the style of the 1930's and '40's. However, there is a lot of work involved in both maintaining those coaches which have been restored, and restoring those still in storage!
The heavy engineering of restoring bogies, running gear and structural components is generally undertaken off-site. However, we are entirely dependent on volunteers to restore the interior as well as painting, work on the windows, doors etc. The friendly team meets at both weekends and during the week and is grateful for whatever time and skills you can bring.
Restoration work uses skills familiar to anyone who has undertaken DIY tasks albeit in an unusual environment! No specialist knowledge is required and any training that is needed will be provided. Please get in touch to find out what we do and join us in helping restore these priceless vehicles.
Give us a hand!
In the first instance, please contact Mike Whitwam using the form on the volunteering page, by phone or by email, and let him know that you are interested in the heritage coaches:
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Other Ways to Help
The Swanage Railway Trust's collection of coaches built for the Southern Railway are all over seventy years old and most were retired by British Railways over fifty years ago. Inevitably restoring these coaches takes considerable time and money. Whilst the most labour intensive work is undertaken by volunteers, we still need to raise significant amounts of money to enable us to continue this program.
Almost all of the funding for coach restoration comes from donations as the availability of grants is very limited. In addition to a small number of fundraising events during the year, almost all of our donations come from those people who want to support this project and see these irreplaceable coaches carrying passengers on the Swanage Railway. We are very grateful for any support you can provide.
Details of how to make an immediate donation to this project are in the box to the right. You can also make a through internet banking /bank transfer or by post. Details are here.
However you choose to donate, if you are a UK tax payer then the Trust can reclaim an additional 25% at no cost to you if you complete this Gift Aid form.
Make a Donation
The simplest way to help with this project is to make a donation directly to the Swanage Railway Trust's Heritage Coach 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.