Today, two of the coaches forming our 4TC set were wrapped up in tarpaulins at Swanwick Junction (the Midland Railway Centre). This is intended to protect them from the weather while they await restoration. A third coach will be similarly wrapped up in the near future, while the brake coach 70824 is hoped to move into the workshops to start restoration early in 2010, finances permitting.

4TC Unit 413 at Swanwick Junction awaiting tarpaulinsTarpaulin being applied to one of the DTSOsUnder the tarp

We have articles in both current issues of ´Railways Illustrated´ and ´RAIL´.

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Thanks to both magazines for their continuing support.

We intend to call an EGM to form the Group on the Saturday of the Swanage Railway Beer Festival and Diesel Gala (10th May) at Swanage at 15.00.

As the only agenda point will be the formation of a group, association, preservation society, or whatever, it will be a good opportunity to meet people and to share ideas.

We are still looking for someone to help with the mechanics of this and also to look into such things as Gift Aid, Charitable status and Lottery grants.

Anyone that's interested should confirm attendance with Alister on 07912 157769

The good news is that two of our vehicles finally left Dinton yesterday (Thursday 14th February 2008) and a third one will be leaving today. The fourth and final vehicle should be at Butterley by Monday evening. More news and, hopefully, photos, will be posted as soon as they are received.

[Edit 16th Feb] There are some views of the first three arrivals on this Fotopic album Alex Fairlie Fotopic Album

A big thank you for everyone that has contributed thus far. However, there is still plenty more fundraising required to clear the short-term finance needed to facilitate this move, and then to start restoration work.

The good news is that the funds required to move our unit from Dinton to Butterley have been secured.

The bad news is that the site at Dinton has not been cleared to allow access to our unit, and will take a few days to move all the obstructions.

The move has now been rescheduled for Monday 11th February, so if anyone fancies going road-siding, the unit should be following A303/A34/M40 from Dinton to Butterley. Please note that there is no public access to the site at Dinton, and arrangements for Butterley are not known yet, so please assume there will be no public access there either.

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