Further trials for the Swanage to Wareham public passenger services have been delayed until the end of the summer due to a setback in the revamp of Swanage Railway's trains.
The line, which last summer ran timetabled trains along the 10-mile route for the first time in 45 years as part of a trial, has been a major achievement for the Swanage Railway team who completed the work on the stretch from Norden to connect with the mainline at Wareham.
The heritage units, which are currently being refurbished, will not be ready in time for the intended 90-day trial period over the summer, however the railway hopes to carry on with the trials in September.
Swanage Railway has expressed disappointed that the trial will miss out on the peak summer season but says the trial is not just about making maximum income at the busiest time of year, it's more about creating a long-term sustainable development of a service.
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