johnthefireman wrote:Presumably they'll have to have the onboard monitoring equipment fitted, as well as whatever system of automatic signal detection and braking they use on Network Rail in that area, and in-cab communication.
As they have been on the Swanage line for many years, and during that time mainline standards have changed, the heritage DMUs were probably no longer compliant.
If they want to continue picking up people in Wareham, DMUs would be the cheapest option and would be more suitable than the present train, hired from West Coast trains.
When the Swanage line was operated by BR in steam days, the Swanage train started from a bay platform on the same side as the arrival from London, so passengers could cross the platform. I can assume that to use that platform there had had to be a fair amount of shunting to get the steam engine at the appropriate end. However, whereas Wareham had had two bay platforms in those days, nowadays there are none. I can't remember if in those days the arriving Swanage train ended on the London side so passengers could cross on to London bound trains without climbing the foot bridge. In that case the train would have backed out and the loco would have changed ends before returning to the Dorchester side. It did mean that when the westbound train arrived the Swanage train was waiting just across the platform. Nowadays it has to enter from Worgret junction so there is a delay.
But as there is only a fairly sparse service on the mainline with one hour's delays, it is quite suitable to use the remaining platform for Swanage trains.