Our TBSK number 70824 has now moved into the workshop at Butterley to start its restoration. It is hoped that it will be able to join our DTSO number 76275 at Swanage by the end of 2017.

70824 being moved to the workshop
70824 being moved to the workshop
70824 inside the workshop
70824 inside the workshop

On the evening of May the 15th 2017, DTSO coach number 76275 was delivered from its former home at St Leonards depot. The coach was purchased from, and overhauled by, S tLeonards railway engineering ltd, and is now in its new home on the Swanage railway. The coach looks fantastic in its blue and grey livery, and the team at St Leonards are due a lot of credit. The coach will now be wrapped in tarpaulin, to protect it from the elements, while we await the restoration of the next vehicles.

76275 Arriving at Norden

76275 arriving at Norden

Photos courtesy Andrew P. M. Wright.

Contract signed for TBSK number 79824

Following on from receiving a grant from the central Swanage Railway trust, we now have funding in place, and a contract has been signed, for the overhaul of TBSK coach number 70824. The work will be done by the Midland railway at Butterley, and hopefully by the end of the year, we will have a second TC coach at the Swanage Railway. Once the coach is at the SR, volunteers will then be able to start the technical work required, to get the push pull and other electrical equipment working again.

Appeal for Funds

The fact that we have DTSO 76275 complete, and work starting soon on TBSK 70824, is a fantastic achievement, and this is mainly thanks to people digging deep, and donating to our project. The best way for us to steadily build up funds, is for people to set up a monthly standing order. Just a few pounds a month, soon builds up, as can be seen with the success so far. We now of course need to turn our attention to funding the overhaul of DTSO number 76322, to give us a 3TC. The estimate for this work is £40-£50K, so please help us achieve our goal, and donate whatever you can. See the “how can I help” link for information on how to do this. Also, remember the gift aid form, as we get an extra 20% on donations, when tax payers complete this form.

Many thanks ,George Rashbrook

 

 

The 4TC vehicles have now been transferred to the Swanage Railway Trust, and they are the legal owners. We are now ready to launch the new support group, and the first meeting will follow the STCG AGM on the 29th of October. The new support group (Swanage Railway Trust 4TC Group), will be open to all SRT members, and all STCG members and shareholders at the time of transition will also be considered part of the new group.

 

76275

 

Overhaul work has been completed by St Leonards Railway Engineering Ltd, and 76275 will soon be moved to the new carriage shed at Rolvenden on the KESR. This is by far the most affordable covered storage we have found, and should ensure that 76275 is still as shiny as the other vehicles when they are finished.

 76275 undergoing overhaul

Meetings

 

The first meeting of the new support group within the SRT, will be on the 29th of October 2016, at the Swanage Railway meeting room, Unit 12, Purbeck Business Centre, Swanage, BH19 1AU.

 

Any SRT member who is interested in the TC project is entitled to attend, as well as any member or shareholder of the original STCG. If you are not a member or the SRT or the original STCG, we can advise on how to join.

 

If anyone would like any more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

All members and shareholders, of the Swanage TC group are invited to attend an Extra Ordinary General Meeting at the Swanage railway meeting room, unit 8, Purbeck business centre, Swanage, BH19 1AU starting at 13:00 on 30th of April 2016.

The meeting is to discuss two matters, which members and shareholders should already have been informed about via email. If you have any queries or comments, please contact “Swanage TC group, Station house, Swanage, BH19 1HB”, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

George Rashbrook, Chairman, Swanage TC group.

 

 

You will be pleased to know, that on the evening of the 27th of August 2015, myself (George Rashbrook, Chairman) and Tim Buck (Secretary), met with Mark Woolley, secretary of the Swanage Railway Trust (SRT), to finally sign the completed 99 year agreement, between the Swanage TC group and the SRT.

This agreement, which has been in the making over the past two and a half years, means that the Swanage TC group and its vehicles come under the umbrella of the SRT, and enables any fundraising, grants and donations to go through the trust, and guarantees a permanent home for the TC.

Thanks go out to members of the SRT council of management, assets committee and committee members of the Swanage TC group, for spending hours and hours, thrashing this agreement out, as a good result has been achieved.

We now need to carry on fundraising, spreading the word of the Swanage TC group, and attracting new members, so we can finally get a vehicle into the workshop.

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