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Closed and ripped up by British Rail in 1972, the Swanage Railway has slowly been rebuilt, and has now re-instated a service to Wareham.

These days the railway offers one of the most intensive heritage steam and diesel train services in the country.

Seeing a huge engine like Eddystone pulling half a dozen or so coaches along six miles of near level track at a maximum speed of twenty-five miles a hour make me wonder what Wilbert Awdry's Gordon the Big Engine would have to say in similar circumstances.

Perhaps we need to start a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Dumb Steam Engines!

Check the Swanage Railway's website for opening times etc.