The first AGM of the Swanage TC Group on Saturday the 13th April 2013 was a great success. There were 12 attendees, and apologies from several other interested people who were unable to attend.
The managing committee and officers were proposed and elected as follows:
Chairman Dan Bennett
Deputy Chairman George Rashbrook
Secretary Tim Buck
Treasurer James Cox
Membership Officer Tim Buck
Technical Officer James Cox,
Publicity/Marketing Officer Luke Farley.
The constitution was approved and can be seen on the website soon.
Various plans for restoration were discussed, and it was agreed that we will aim to initially restore a 3TC, with the fourth vehicle being completed when funds and resources permit.
The Swanage Railway Trust have discussed the possibility of signing A 99 year lease of the TC, which would enable us to claim gift aid on donations.
There was a call for volunteers to help with publicity over the Swanage Railway diesel gala weekend (10th-12th May 2013), as the Swanage TC Group are running a publicity stand and giving out leaflets, so if anyone can help, please contact us via the website or Facebook.
George Rashbrook (deputy chairman)

A temporary committee has been set up to run the Swanage TC group. This has been done to enable the group to form the structure of a society, which is essential for external funding and long term operational agreements.

Our first official AGM will be held at 11:00 on Saturday April the 13th. The venue for the meeting will be the meeting room, in Unit 12b, Purbeck Business Centre, Victoria Avenue Industrial Estate, Swanage (BH19 1AU), next to the railway works. At this meeting a permanent committee will be elected.

All people who have financially contributed to the group, will soon receive an invite to this meeting.

A formal membership system is being set up, for people to be part of the TC group on an annual basis, rather than being a shareholder, as with many other railway preservation groups.

We are planning to have a group meeting in the beer garden of the Huntsman pub at Eridge on Sat 2nd June between 14:00 and 15:00. Subject to availability on the day 33063 will cover the diesel turn at the Spa Valley Railway. Please let me know in advance if you will be attending.


The first working party did not happen, however the following Friday James Cox, Richard Sinclair, Steve Thorpe and I visited the MRC. Steve and Richard Sinclair had been to Coventry to pick up some covers for the TC - thanks to Dave Burbridge for setting this up. We did not do any work but instead spent the time looking at the vehicles to work out which order the work should be done. It has been decided that  DTSO 76322 will be done first followed by TBSK 70824. On future visits volunteer work will concentrate on covering three vehicles followed by work on TBSK 70824.

We are trying to arrange a Group Meeting towards the end of May / beginning of June. This will probably be in London.


Since the appeal for standing orders was initiated in December 2011, they have started mounting up and have now reached the first target level which will cover the storage costs of the unit at Butterley. The next target level will allow for a DTC to be moved into the workshops for more intensive work to be carried out. In the mean time, with the help of some lump sum donations, some limited work can be carried out, mostly protecting a DTC by making it water-tight.

We will do as much work to make the vehicle water tight as possible. We will first check which of the driving trailers is the best to start work on. Taking windows out and resealling them costs about £200 per window. We need to check which Driving Trailer needs the least doing but I think we will spend about £2000 on this.

Work on the cab end will cost about £1000. Modification of the guttering will cost about £500. Then it will be a choice of door pillars at about £400 a go or welding the other end of the coach which is always difficult to estimate costs for until you open them up. It could cost £1000 to £3000 to sort.
Chart of standing orders over the last three months

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