The first regular passenger train service between the mainline and a Dorset seaside resort has been reconnected after four decades. The original rail line from Swanage to Wareham was closed by British Rail and ripped up in seven weeks in 1972. Volunteers rebuilt the 5.5-mile (8.8km) stretch from Swanage to Norden over 30 years and have been running it as a tourist attraction since the 1990s. The first timetabled train ran along the full 10-mile (16km) route earlier. Bob Richards, who signalled the last British Rail train from Swanage to Wareham 45 years ago, was one of dozens of people to wave off the maroon diesel train. He said: 'To see it return after all these years is amazing - absolutely incredible.'
The original rail line was closed by British Rail and ripped up in seven weeks in 1972.