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On Shed - Swanage


The Swanage Line is one of my favourite preserved lines, they have some fine engines down on the south coast. Here BR Standard Class 4MT 80104 is standing outside the stone engine shed just past the station.

To end this short series on preserved steam here are a few facts on preserved lines:

All in all it is quite a a big business.


On Shed - Swanage


The Swanage Line is one of my favourite preserved lines, they have some fine engines down on the south coast. Here BR Standard Class 4MT 80104 is standing outside the stone engine shed just past the station.

To end this short series on preserved steam here are a few facts on preserved lines:

  • There are 108 Operating Railways and 60 Steam Centres
    operating throughout the UK and Eire.
  • Total route mileage is over 400 miles with 302 stations.
  • This is greater than the London Underground system and would exceed the distance between London and Glasgow.
  • Heritage railways directly employ 1,330 people and also benefit from the work of 13,550 volunteers.
  • There are 1314 preserved steam engines, including Narrow Gauge and Broad gauge engines of which about 800 are operational at any one time
  • There are 1397 preserved Diesel and Electric locomotives
  • Heritage railways earned around 50 million pounds in 2005, 60% of this being from trains journeys, 15% from catering, 14% from shops and the remaining 11% mainly from workshops and charter trains.
All in all it is quite a a big business.


comments (4)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Jun 2009, 07:55
thanks for all the information Les it certainly is a large operation
Les Auld: It is indeed Zed, thanks for the comment.
The preserved steam is great and your pictures are amongst the best I have seen Les. Keep them coming as often as you like!
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, with several thousand in the archive I'm sure I can post one or two more in the future.
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY ~~SOUTHSEA~~~ENGLAND
  • 23 Jun 2009, 10:29
More!More!More!----- (Please)
Les Auld: After a break Graham, give me time to work through the archive.
Fascinating facts, Les. I like the subtle colouring in this and especially the atmosphere that you've captured. The Swanage Railway should be my favourite buty I was disappointed with the "customer care" of one of the staion people at Swanage station when I had the audacity to take "too long" when I was using the toilet at Swanage station. She wanted to lock up and kept shouting to me to "hurry up"! I got the impression that she thought I was going slow just to annoy her!
Les Auld: There is always someone Alan, the few times I have been down there I have always found it to be a fine little line. Thanks for the comment.

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