Thorncombe Railway Activities Club


Next meeting: 21st November
  • Mike Beale, The John Woods S&D collection



Thorncombe Railway Activities Club (TRAC) was formed in 2000 and serves a varied and growing membership living in West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset. 
 
 
We meet at Thorncombe Village Hall in West Dorset which is conveniently close to the border with Devon and Somerset. The towns of Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Chard, Bridport, Axminster, Ilminster and Crewkerne are only a short distance away.
 
Our meetings are held monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month, starting at 19:30 and usually consist of a speaker and presentation on a railway-related topic, followed by a refreshment break, then a question and answer session.
 
There are also displays of railway interest provided by members, we have a collection of videos and DVDs available to members, and railway magazines are brought along to recycle to others. A prize raffle is held, and all proceeds from this and membership fees go towards the hire of the hall and paying 
the cost of our guest speakers.
 
Our members have varied interests, so whether you build model railways or prefer the real thing, or have a particular interest in steam, diesel or electric railways, we are sure you will find membership of TRAC to be enjoyable. All are welcome; members under 14 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
 
Annual Membership is £10.00 and is open to everyone.  This includes admission to all meetings held at the Village Hall, and the opportunity to take part in TRAC trips to outside attractions in July and August. Non-members may attend individual meetings by paying £3.00 on the door. 


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

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.

We run an annual Model Railway Exhibition.