Camberley & District Probus Club

VintageTrain & Jurassic Coast Cruise, 19 September 2017

Nordon was our start point for the Heritage railway. the Station was a small branch line station with skeleton ticket office and short platform which got very crowded as the train arrived – although we had reserved seats, we had to chuck some interlopers out. Such interest in vintage railways! even in mid-September!! We looked upwards to Corfe castle as we puffed past. on the way to Swanage – the spiritual home of Fawlty Towers – and Lunch. Passengers were threatened with dire consequences if they took too long for lunch in Swanage – they would be missing the boat sailing – so everyone was on time and grabbed a seat for the cruise – past the Section of the Jurassic Coast, Old Harry Rocks. We experienced the strong tides rushing past Sandbanks with its chain Ferry and the millionaires properties when entering the busy Poole Harbour – a great day out at the seaside.

   The sun shone for most of day – great views of Isle of Wight from Swanage

   The sea state was calm.

   All the traffic jams and accidents were on the other side of the road – we arrived at Norton exactly on target – to the minute

Only hiccup was on the Swanage railway – we had selected a train which was steam powered, but the day before, the train company indicated a technical problem, and the Steam engine was replaced by diesel – but that did not spoil the experience.

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