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 2011

Ex Topham Hatt for April took place over the weekend of 9th & 10th of April.

Alan has provided a complete report which you can read below.

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Exercise Topham Hatt 9 April 2011

On a sunny but cool spring morning boss Frank and regulars Chris, Paul, Will and Alan were pleased to welcome the return of Nick to the gang. We were joined at 08.30 by 15 soldiers from Blandford Forum, most of whom were visiting the railway for the first time.

Frank carried out the usual safety briefing while brews were served, and work commenced very promptly.

The main tasks for the day were clearing the pea shingle from around the seating area behind the platform, and replacing this with a layer of ash which had been left at the Swanage end of the platform, as well as clearing spoil from the edge of the new concrete wall at the foot of the steps from Washpond Lane.

Associated with the laying of the ash surface, wooden edging was installed along the fence to the field adjacent to the station to retain the ash and the edging was continued behind the hut which had been raised by the crane the previous day. In the same area, some preparation work was carried out in advance of constructing a shelter to provide cover for waiting passengers in bad weather.

After the spoil was removed in front of the concrete wall (where the original foot crossing was), the temporary bridge slabs were removed from the drain. Adjacent to this the replacement and tidying of the cable trough was completed.

Other work carried out included some general maintenance such as repainting the white platform edge and staining some of the platform fencing. The entrance to the hut was also raised using ash to make level access from the platform.

The Army personnel left at 1600 hrs, with the civilian members of the team staying for a further couple of hours to replace some of the failed lighting on the platform, as well as associated cabling work, and the repair of the vandalised lamp at the top of the steps.

 

Alan Watts

 

 

Pictures from the weekend:

 

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