The Swanage TC group will be at this years Diesel Gala, with our stand at Norden, on board the TC charter trains and on the TC during the "Day on the Mule" event.

On the stand, we are hoping to sell things such as railway books, videos, models etc, so if you have any unwanted railway items to donate, please let us know, as they will be of great help to us. We also need people to help man the stand, so if you fancy spending a few hours talking to people about TC's, please let us know via the usual channels.

If you are traveling on the charters or during the "Day on the Mule" and fancy a beer or two, you may be pleased to know that we will be selling our own supply of the very popular "Old Pusher" beer on board.

We have just had another working weekend at the Midland Railway centre. The main objective for the team was to tarpaulin over the whole unit to protect it from the winter conditions. We fitted two overlapping tarpaulins on each coach, with carpet squares laid over the roof vents to prevent friction, secured down with ratchet straps and rope.

This was done within the two short days, and as you can see in the picture, really stands out from the other stock as the tarpaulins are white.

All wrapped up for Xmas


A general inspection of the unit was done, and it was disheartening to find that some idiot had walked the whole length of the TC, just to smash the glass on the drivers speedo and brake gauges, and that someone had carefully stolen the motor brush boxes out of the compressor drive motor. We believe they were stolen to order, as they have been removed carefully with all cables being undone rather than cut, and all nuts and bolts removed during the theft were refitted afterwards which points to them being removed by someone who knew exactly what they were after rather than your average metal thief. Not stuff that is hard to find replacements for, but annoying that someone has been there since June just to cause damage to the unit.


We also did some assessment on some of the internal electrics, to see what components will be required to get the heating and lighting working.

Now that this preventative work has been done, the main focus is to carry on fundraising to get the first vehicle overhauled. If you ,or anyone you know, would like to help us by becoming a share holder or annual member, please see the "how can I help" link on the website, or contact us by email on the "contact us" link.

 

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/

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