Station Bridge Swanage
Directions:- Follow signs to Swanage Railway Centre and park in the Supermarket car park. Walk round the station and keeping the track immediately on your left walk up to the bridge. This affords a view of both the Station looking South and the shed area looking North. Cross the bridge and turn right. There is a gate on the right which leads to a photo area opposite the turntable and shed.
Photo Interest:- See the engines being prepared for the days work and being turned on the turn table. The bridge itself immediately on you right makes a nice 'frame' for shots of the trains leaving Swanage Station. From the bridge itself the whole station panorama is viewable along with the water tower and goods shed (now the carriage painting /repair centre). The view North is rather spoiled by a motley collection of engines and wagons awaiting refurbishment, but that is the railway preservation scene and a small price to pay for us who like 'big' train sets. The railway has varied event days through out the year details available on their web site. The 'Open Week End' is highly recommended although dates for 2013 have not yet been published at time of writing this.
Drawbacks:- Can be crowded during the summer especially on event days. Pay and display car park. Best avoided when 'Thomas the Crank Engine' is in town as the engines have silly faces and whenever the engines stop small children are festooned over the footplate by doting parents. This is not conducive for serious photography unless the brat is yours!