The Dorset Explorer

The Dorset Explorer

Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel

Doncaster to Swanage or Poole
Departs – Thursday 31 May 2018

From Doncaster, Swinton, Chesterfield and Derby.

A rare chance to visit the seaside resort of Swanage travelling by direct train from the north of England and taking in the preserved railway along the way.

Our heritage diesel will speed us south along the Network Rail main lines until we arrive at the junction for the Swanage Railway. From here it is along preserved rails to the sea bringing back the nostalgic feel of trips to the seaside in the heyday of British Rail. Very fitting then with the train in its splendid maroon livery. Our preserved rails take us through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle as we travel down towards Poole and the Blue Flag beach of Swanage.

Poole is a coastal town, known for its large natural harbour and sandy beaches. The Old Town has Georgian houses and Poole Museum.

Once in Swanage there are all the attractions you would expect from a traditional English resort. Take a walk along the prom, hire a deck chair and marvel at the work the Victorians put into the pier, one of only fourteen remaining timber piers in the country.

After a refreshing break we rejoin the comfort of our private train for a relaxing journey home.

PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served a selection of Tulip Muffins, freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journey and a savoury refreshment box followed by cake of the day and freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.


The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Final Timings Outward Return
Doncaster 05.30 00.19
Swinton 05.50 00.05
Chesterfield 06.32 23.38
Derby 07.11 23.12
Poole 13.05 17.26
Swanage 14.08 16.23