The Swanage Railway
One of my most favorite experiences is when I take my 4 year old son out for the Day, we drive down to Nordons station which is about a 15 minute drive from Dorchester heading for Wareham, you cannot miss the signs, We find this the easiest way to travel into Swanage as we have no problem with the parking because you can leave your car there all day.
It truly is a magical nostalgia Steam train ride if you are into this kind of yesteryear travel, the train has a number of stops and you can hop on and off where ever you choose to., which are Corfe Castle,Harmans Cross,Herston Holt and Swanage.
There is a buffet on most of the Trains which run about every 20 minutes in the summer.
The Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway. Steam and diesel galas, Family events plus regular Evening Dining and Sunday Lunch services complement themed events such as the highly popular Santa Special trains during the Christmas period.