Corfe Castle Railway Station

by Swanage
Corfe Castle railway station sign in front of Purbeck Hills

Whether or not you’re taking a trip on a Swanage Railway steam train, Corfe Castle Railway Station itself is well worth a visit, for its vintage charm and picture-postcard photo opportunities.

Once almost demolished, the original 1885 station building has now been restored to its former glory and is a timeless feature of both Corfe Castle village and Swanage Railway.

Arriving into Corfe by steam train is also the way to travel in style from Swanage, or from the park-and-ride at Norden, for a day out exploring Corfe Castle itself, and is guaranteed to make your visit truly historic.

Step back in time at Corfe Castle station

Station Master’s office

Meet the volunteers dressed in traditional station attire and see inside the 1950s Station Master’s office and lounge area.

A porter can show you around and introduce you to the station’s historic features, as well as give you handy travel information.

Corfe Castle railway station station volunteers standing on platform
The friendly station volunteers make the experience truly authentic
Corfe Castle railway station station master's office door sign
Step inside the old station masters' office
Corfe Castle railway stationmaster's office
There are vintage newspapers and other paraphernalia adorning the office
Station master's lounge at Corfe Castle railway station
The station master's Lounge
Station master's hat on vintage radio in Corfe Castle station
An original station master's cap proudly displayed
Photographs on the mantle of Corfe Castle railway station station master's lounge
Photographs of faces past connected with the railway evoke its past

Ladies’ waiting area

The fully restored Ladies’ waiting room evokes a time gone by and is complete with period paraphernalia throughout.

Restored ladies' waiting room at Corfe Castle station
Ladies' waiting room
Cases in Corfe Castle station ladies lounge
Period details
Interior of Corfe Castle railway station ladies waiting room
Original features fully restored

Swanage Railway Museum

Volunteers for the Swanage Railway worked for thirty years to save and rebuild the branch after it was forced to close and began to be demolished in the 1970s – which you can learn all about at the exhibition housed here at Corfe Castle Station’s Goods Shed.

Corfe Castle station museum & exhibition coach sign

Swanage Railway Museum is in the old Goods Yard at Corfe station

Exhibition

Explore original Swanage Railway memorabilia including photographs, railway signage and vintage equipment.

Follow the story of the railway through its information boards, along with items from the past, including period uniforms and the personal belongings of past station and railway staff.

Secundus engine house in the Goods Shed of the Swanage Railway Museum
Inside Swanage Railway Museum
Vintage fire buckets display at Corfe Castle stationDisplay at Swanage Railway museum in Corfe CastleWareham station sign on wall of Swanage Railway museumExhibition coach at Swanage Railway museumMannequin with period uniform at Swanage Railway museumSign for dressing up corner at Swanage Railway museumVintage cigarette dispenser and signage at Swanage Railway museum

Cinema Coach

Sit in a vintage flap-down seat and let the archive films transport you back in time.

Book Wagon

Check out the book and magazine section and take a souvenir home with you.

Museum opening times

If the trains are running, the museum is open.

Normal opening hours are 10am – 4.30pm daily.

Check live timetables on the Swanage Railway website: www.swanagerailway.co.uk/re-opening-services

Corfe Castle Goods Yard

Explore vintage engines at the goods yard.

Meet Beryl, Swanage Railway‘s first ever locomotive – a Hibberd Planet N0.2054.

Photograph of the 'Beryl' engine of the Swanage Railway before restoration
From this...
The Beryl locomotive in Corfe Castle station's goods yard
...to this!

 

Built in 1937 by FC Hibberd, it’s believed this little loco is made up of reclaimed ex-WWI military stock.

Beryl helped lay the first tracks on the railway and was fully restored in 2016.

Now happily retired, she can be viewed at Corfe Castle Station, along with various other vintage locos.

Beryl locomotive and LSR carriage at Corfe Castle stationOld engine at Corfe Castle StationOld engine outside the Goods Shed at Corfe Castle StationVintage blue carriage at Corfe Castle stationView of Corfe Castle station goods yard

Volunteer award

Don’t forget to check out the plaque awarded to Swanage Railway volunteers for their work on securing the installation of the footbridge at Corfe Castle Station.

Made in 1896 for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, the bridge was moved to Dorset, fully renovated and altered to fit over the tracks at Corfe.

2007 GNER volunteers award plaque at Corfe Castle train station
The award marks the end of a five-year project by the volunteers
Corfe Castle station footbridge with train arriving
The Victorian footbridge was originally installed at Merton Park in London

Volunteering

Swanage Railway relies on volunteers to keep on the right track.

Volunteers of the Swanage Railway Museum at Corfe Castle Station

Volunteers of the Swanage Railway Museum at Corfe Castle Railway Station (Credit Andrew PM Wright)

If your visit has inspired you to get involved, the friendly team is always looking for new recruits (you don’t need any experience and any training can be given).

Get in touch with the volunteering team by email or phone:

📥 iwanttovolunteer@swanagerailway.co.uk

📞 01929 475212.

You can also help out specifically at the Corfe Castle Railway Station Museum:

📥 corfe.museum@swanagerailway.co.uk

Railway station webcam

The webcam at Corfe Castle Station gives a clear image of the platform and live-streams footage of trains coming and going.

You can take a look here: maybach.railcam.co.uk/Corfe_14435/embed.html

Screenshot Corfe Castle station webcam train

How to get to Corfe Castle railway station

For your SatNav: BH20 5EJ

You’ll find Corfe Castle Station down Station Road, which is situated between Corfe Castle Village Stores and The Bankes Arms pub.

The village shop is a great place to stop before your journey to stock up on picnic essentials – as is the Village bakery and the sweet shop.

Screenshot Google Maps showing position of Corfe Castle Station in village

Google Maps

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