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Steam dream Down in deepest Dorset an ambitious rail development scheme with a difference is taking shape. Dave Parker reports from the Isle of Purbeck. Photographs by Guy Parker.

Few heritage railway societies can harbour such ambitious plans as those currently being implemented by the Swanage Railway Company. Not content with having relaid nearly 10km of tracks between Swanage and Norden in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck and running a full-blown regular steam passenger service along it, the society now hopes to extend the tracks a further 2.4km to link with the main rail network. And this is not just to allow it to run occasional steam specials into Bourne- ...

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