TBSK 70824 is nearing completion at Butterley, and we expect it to be outshopped in late March. The overhaul has been extensive, with lots of extra problems found during the work. The biggest extra job was the floor in the van area, which has seen the original poured resin material removed, and replaced with fireproof ply. The final stages of replacing the tongue and groove panelling in the van, refitting sliding doors and door locks, and the all important blue and grey livery are currently under way. Once the coach is delivered, it will be down to volunteers to finish the electrics, plumbing, and interior paintwork and upholstery. Please contact us if you’re interested in helping. See below some images of the work in progress.

TC Tours

UK railtours are planning some special trains this summer, running from London to Swanage, using the London underground owned 4TC .See https://www.ukrailtours.com/product/swanage-sunday-special-number-one/ for details.




TBSK 70824 has had its welding completed, with the last corner needing to be replaced with a new prefabricated one. The next stage is to repair a few areas of flooring, before it can be moved to the paint shop. Once the 70824 moves to the paint shop, this should allow DTSO 76322 to be moved in to the workshop for its metalwork to be treated.


Once 70824 is back at Swanage, it will be down to volunteers to complete the rewire, interior spruce up, and overhaul of the braking system. We will more than likely sheet over the coach, as was done with DTSO 76275, to protect the paint work from the elements.








We ran a successful raffle on the London to Swanage Purbeck explorer rail tour, and raised just over £200 towards the project, so many thanks to those who bought a ticket.


We do have a slow but steady income, but as with all preservation projects, we always need more money. Several people have standing orders running, which really is the back bone of our funding, but would of course welcome more. If you currently don’t have one going or know someone who doesn’t, who would like to support us, please give it consideration, as even a few quid each month, really makes a big difference.


TC activity at Swanage


As part of the 2018 Swanage railway “main line” diesel gala, the London underground owned TC was brought in again, both for the Purbeck explorer rail tours (which ran from London to Swanage on the Thursday, and Swanage to London on the Sunday), as well as on shuttles to Wareham over the weekend, and push pull with 33111 on the Friday and Saturday evenings. The TC was really the star of the show, especially when working push pull, and received quite a cheer on each departure from Corfe Castle. This event yet again highlighted how popular the TC’s are, both from a heritage viewpoint, and for their operational flexibility. The TC headed for the Severn Valley railway to work it’s magic at their diesel gala, after completing the Purbeck explorer tours. The sooner we have our own TC up and running the better, as it really will be a prize asset for the railway.




Once 70824 is at Swanage, we will look at organising working parties.


People who are already Swanage Railway Trust volunteers, should contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get details of working parties and to pledge their interest in helping.


Non members, should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for enrolment.




George Rashbrook-SRT4TC group


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.




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



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.


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