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

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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. This collection has been carefully assembled to represent the types of coaches that served the area and includes a number of vehicles that regularly visited the Swanage branch. We are working to restore these coaches to enable passengers to once again travel in the style of the 1930's and '40's. 

Latest News
Other 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 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.

Get Involved: The Heritage Coach Team

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Operational Vehicles
Maunsell Third Open - S1381S

Built for the Southern Railway in 1930, this coach pioneered the design of 'open' coach (without compartments) that we think of as normal to-day.

This was one of the first coaches to enter service on the fledgling Swanage Railway in 1985. It was withdrawn for overhaul after about ten years. Following a long period in storage it was fully restored and re-entered service in 2019.

Bulleid Semi Open Brake Third - S4365S


Bulleid Corridor Composite - S5761S


Current Project
Maunsell Third Open - S1346S

Currently undergoing restoration by the volunteer Heritage Coach team at Swanage, this coach last carried passengers almost 60 years ago and has a particularly interesting history. Once restoration is completed, it will return to regular use on the Swanage Railway.


Built for the Southern Railway in 1933, this coach is one of an additional order for open coaches based on a design introduced in 1930. An example from the original order - S1381S - is already in use on the Swanage Railway.

Awaiting Restoration

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

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

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