Thorncombe Railway Activities Club

With some regret the committee of TRAC has decided to close the club.  This is due to gradually reducing attendance, the sad loss of two committee members, and another committee member moving away from the area.  

We had hoped to restart from the Covid-19 closure in the autumn of 2020, however without a full committee and with speakers reluctant to commit to attend we have decided that TRAC had run its course and arrived at the terminus on time.

The assets of the club have been assigned to suitable people and organisations.  The video projector has been donated to the village hall, who contributed towards its purchase.  Members have been offered items from our DVD collection; any remaining will be donated to the second-hand book shop at Corfe Castle station.  The club's money will be donated equally between Swanage Railway, Southern Locomotives, the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and the Patriot "Unknown Warrior" project.

Richard Holt presented Brenda with a clock and flowers to thank her for her services to TRAC.

Special thanks are offered to Brenda Sheasby, who provided our meetings with tea and cake for many years, and whose late husband, Mike Sheasby, was the club's founder. 

The clock's case was inscribed, "To Brenda.  Thanks for the Cakes.  From your friends at T.R.A.C."

We would also like to thank all of our speakers and club members who made the club so enjoyable for so many years.

Axminster station in 1963, looking towards Exeter. A Bulleid 
Pacific approaches with a London train while a local down service waits. The Lyme Regis branch train is in the bay to the right.

The end of the line

Carl Earl

We're sad to report that Carl Earl passed away in his sleep during the night of 29th July.   Carl was a longtime member and supporter of the club, served as PR man on the committee and had a wide knowledge of railways in the UK.  We send our condolences to Carl's wife and family.

Graham Bean

We're very sorry to report that Graham Bean, our Membership Secretary and Treasurer, has passed away after a short illness on 9th April.  

Graham had been a member of TRAC since its foundation and had contributed to the club in many ways.  He was responsible for our annual Model Railway Exhibition, our membership records, as treasurer, and had been our speaker on many occasions.  Graham's last talk was entitled "Nostalgia isn't as good as it used to be" in December 2017 with his usual good humour.

Sheila, Graham's widow, has sent a message thanking everybody for their support and kindness, with news of arrangements. His funeral will be on Tuesday 28th April, but will be restricted to family and very few others. 

Graham was a long-time supporter of the RNLI, and she has asked for no flowers - if people wish to contribute in his memory, could they send donations for the RNLI, either direct or via Overmass and Chapple in Seaton. Here is the donation website:

Our nearest station is Axminster. This is now the usual passing place for the hourly Waterloo to Exeter trains.