Welcome to Swanage Army Link.

The Swanage Army Link is a dynamic association that has evolved over nearly 30 years between the Swanage Railway, the British Army, the People of Swanage and the Royal British Legion.

Regular ongoing visits by the Royal Corps of Signals soldiers are core to this Link, as is Team Herston, formed in 2007, bringing together local residents and ex soldiers who work regularly on our core project – the upkeep of Herston Halt.

More recently we have been proud to welcome Heroes Haven into the fold.

Want to know more? See About the Army Link .

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Heroes Haven Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the Heroes Haven, please visit their site http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk (opens in a new window) and click on the 'Donate' link in the top right of the page.

Please enter SWCP as the reference.


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TOPHAM HATT - April 2013

Over the weekend of 13th/14th April 2013, once again soldiers from Blandford were at Herston Halt to assist with the continuing work at the site.

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Saturday 13 April turned out to be a wet day, a very wet day indeed, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the regular ‘Team Herston’ volunteers who were joined by soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals at Blandford on one of their regular ‘Topham Hatt’ Exercises.
Exercise Topham Hatt gives soldiers at Blandford an opportunity to work in a different environment, to put their trades and training into practise, to learn new skills and to work as part of a mixed volunteer civilian / army team.  For the railway, the benefits of having a dozen or more soldiers for a weekend’s work speak for themselves.


Two major projects formed the focus of this Exercise Topham Hatt.

Firstly, our base, the ex-SR ‘Scenery Van’ was last refurbished in 1997, and is showing signs of  age and in need of a little TLC, so one group set to work stripping off the old paintwork.   Working under a large tarpaulin, the side away from the platform was stripped back and external fixtures and fittings removed.   The van is now wrapped in the tarpaulin to bake and dry out thoroughly before it is moved to Swanage in May for work to continue with support from the C&W team.

The second major project was at the site of the proposed Carriage Shed at ‘Herston South’ – even though the site is more or less due East of the Halt!   The unfinished project is one of the first things passengers joining a train at Herston will see from the train windows and so we had proposed to tidy up the area.  However, we did better than that and under the guidance of Barry Light who brought the RRV along, the team, led by our old friend Chris Prior from the Parachute Regiment managed to lay several panels of track on the second siding and tidy the area up considerably.

On the other side of the bridge, another Team Herston volunteer Jules Stevenson from the Royal Navy, completed the new step access to Herston Bank aided and abetted by Adam from Blandford.  The new steps, complete with a wheelbarrow ramp alongside will much improve safety in this area.

On the platform, we are turning the PW hut into a display area for all the Topham Hat / Team Herston photographs and memorabilia and this was progressed by the fitting of the displays, varnishing of the cupboards and painting the ceiling.  We now need to source a metal flue/cowl for the fireplace as the one in place has rusted through in places and allows smoke to fill the hut, rather than carrying it away outside, so if you are good with metalwork and fancy a challenge, we have a small project for you......

Elsewhere, other odd jobs included paiting a new notice board to replace the life-expired one on Washpond Lane, repairing some signage for the platform, checking the station lamps and extension leads and keeping the gardens in trim.

After Saturday’s work was over, everyone tucked into a BBQ supper (cooked alongside the scenery van under the shelter of the tarpaulin – it was STILL raining hard!) and a well deserved beer or two before coming back for more work on the Sunday.

The next Team Herston will be on the second Saturday of May which coincides with the Diesel Gala.  Jobs on the agenda for that day include a paint and spruce up of the station woodwork and fitting the new notice board and signage

 

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