A regular passenger service between Swanage and Wareham will be reinstated from next summer, the Swanage Railway has announced.
With work completed on a new £500,000 level crossing at Wytch Farm, the railway plans to launch the experimental service in June, more than 40 years after it was closed down.
The original rail line connecting the Dorset coastal resort was ripped up in 1972, before a 5.5-mile stretch was restored by volunteers as a tourist attraction.
In 2013, the railway won a £1.4 million government grant to restore the service.
It plans to use first-generation DMUs on the service to connect with South West Trains’ services at Wareham.
Their long-term ambition is to reconnect the full 10-mile stretch between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Wareham with a scheduled community passenger service.
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