Hi all
We are planning a working visit to the Midland Railway Centre on the 16th and 17th of November.
The task for the weekend, will be to tarpaulin the unit, to prepare it for the winter, plus any other small jobs we can find. Usual railway PPE (Boots,HV vest) required.
We plan to stay over in the Premier Inn at Ripley, which is currently around £60 for a twin room. Other accommodation is also available in the area.
If you can do a single day without staying, then that's fine.
The weekend will be a great opportunity to see our unit and appreciate that it is in quite good condition, but still needs a fair bit of work.
This will also be a bit of a social event, with probably a pub dinner in the evening.
If you would like to attend, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact me via the 'Contact Us' menu option on the left.
George Rashbrook

We can now announce, that thanks to an agreement with St. Leonards Railway Engineering Ltd, DTSO No. 76275 will now form part of Unit 413. Driving Trailer car 76275 was originally part of a 4TC unit number 404, built in the mid-1960s. After becoming surplus in the early 1990s, this carriage was used to replace an accident-damaged 4-VEP Driving Trailer. This vehicle has been stored under cover since coming out of mainline service.
 
76275 is in very good condition, much better than the DTSO’s currently at Butterley, and requires little more than a repaint and some minor alterations to the ETH before it can be used. This agreement means that to get a 3TC operational, we only need to restore the TBSK and the better one of our DTSO’s, which should significantly speed up the project. The TFK will also be restored in the future, when funding allows, to form a 4TC.
 
Pictures of the vehicle can be seen here.http://www.hastingsdiesels.co.uk/news/articles/2007a01/

We have decided to arrange a working party at the Midland Railway - Butterley on the 22nd/23rd of June to visit our TC Unit. Whilst we are there, our aim will be:

• To undertake a full survey of what work is required on each coach
• Find out what will be the best way to get the tarpaulins on to the vehicles and attached securely
• Carry out some basic work to get the vehicles towards being water tight

We hope that a representative from Butterley's contract restoration arm will meet us there at some point over the weekend to go over the restoration plan with us, and to advise on any extra work we may find.

If anybody wishes to attend for either a day or the whole weekend, please let us know ASAP, and we will try to help with arranging accommodation/transport if necessary. I will be sending out an email nearer the time to those that have advised that they would like to attend to finalise any other details about the visit.

Dan Bennett
Swanage TC Group Chairman

The Swanage TC Group are running a publicity stand over the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala weekend.

We need volunteers to help with publicity and giving out leaflets over the Swanage Railway diesel gala weekend (10th-12th May 2013), so if you can help, please contact us via the website or Facebook.

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