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A party of 28 of us boarded a coach and set off for Pecorama, the home of Peco Models. Less than two hours after leaving Swanage, we arrived in the small picturesque seaside village of Beer, once a smugglers haunt with contraband goods being stored in caves.

The village is built on the side of steep hills, something that proved a challenge for our 56 seater coach which struggled to climb the last incline to Pecorama, causing the hand brake to overheat in the process. We were welcomed by the Managing Director who enthusiastically gave us a tour of the sheds and told us about the history of the company. There was then ample opportunity to have a coffee, wander through the lovely gardens, have some rides on the miniature railway, enjoy lunch, and wander around the exhibition. It was unfortunate that the shop which is located at the exit from the exhibition is well stocked with so many model railway items. Some of us found we could not leave before parting with a significant wad of money.

When we finally managed to leave the shop laden with model railway purchases, we joined the coach and were relieved that the brakes were cool. A few minutes later we arrived in Seaton and made our way to Seaton Trams at the mouth of the River Axe.

A doubly warm welcome awaited us: from the company and the weather as the sun came out. There was a similar tour in the tramshed and we learned of some of the history of the company and its trams. Fortunately our tram could accommodate all 28 of us and our driver gave us explanations about the operations as we made our way up the west bank of the Axe. We were amazed at the abundance of wildlife and the fauna and flora in the wetlands of the river estuary.

We crossed the main road after the driver activated the crossing lights and arrived at the terminus where a well-stocked cafe tempted us to have a slice of delicious home made cake. At 5pm it was time to board the coach and make our way home arriving at around 7pm.

Some of us immediately found it necessary to visit our model layout, others needed a nap, but all of us had enjoyed a typical PRC Outing.

A Grand Day Out, as Wallace said to Gromit.

Peco sheds

Pecorama sheds

Peco train

Pecorama miniature railway

Seaton Tram shed

Seaton Trams shed

Seaton Trams

Seaton trams