15 March 2013
Wroxham Broad from the Bure Valley Railway will be visiting the railway over Easter. The locomotive is expected to arrive next week, and may stay until late spring.
1 March 2013
New trainee volunteer drivers
Congratulations to Eliot Anderson and Richard Robinson, who have been selected to train as volunteer diesel drivers this year.
Congratulations also to Alex Tilsley who has been selected to train as shunter this year.
19 December 2012
Volunteer Driving Applications
Volunteers can train and work on the railway as three categories of driver: shunter, diesel driving and steam driver.
For the 2013 season, there is an opportunity for 1 volunteer to train as shunter, 1 as diesel driver and 1 as steam driver.
As has happened previously, a formal application process will be run for shunter and diesel driver. Application forms are available from the Secretary. The deadline for applications is Monday 21st January 2013. The application pack gives full details of the role, application process, selection criteria and timescales.
Applications for shunter and diesel driver will be accepted from members of the Society who meet these requirements:
- Commitment: minimum 10 days volunteering per year for any role
- Medical fitness: able to pass a safety-critical medical
- Preservation Society member: for last 2 years (shunter), 5 years (diesel driver)
- Number of years volunteer experience on traffic duties: 2 years (shunter), 5 years (diesel driver)
- Minimum age: 18 years old (shunter), 21 years old (diesel driver)
Company policy is to retire staff from safety critical roles such as driving at 70.
There is now a pool of volunteer shunters and diesel drivers, and prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss the role and potential commitment with the existing drivers.
There is no direct application for volunteer steam driver; applications are restricted to the current diesel drivers, reflecting the progression required by this role.
4 December 2012
Volunteers' Christmas Dinner
The volunteers' Christmas Dinner is this Saturday, 8 December. Please advise Janet at the tea-bar if you wish to attend.
3 December 2012
Track work at Fisherground
The Permanent Way Department has just completed work in the Fisherground area during its first track occupation of the winter. In brief, this has amounted to replacing sleepers from Fisherground 'down' loop to beyond Fisherground Halt, replacing all associated track fittings and ballast, removing some trees and replacing several cross-track drains and other ditches with drainpipes. As an exercise in infrastructural upheaval it has been massive.
Many volunteers have assisted the regular members of the P-Way Department in this work, be they groups such as Southport Model Railway Society or individuals from the local area and from abroad (Scotland!). The smallest gang at work all month was five people, which still included volunteers in the absence of some staff. The modal average turnout was a gang of 11 people (recorded on five separate days this month) with the highest single turnout a gang of 13. On no occasion did the gang work without volunteer assistance.
21 November 2012
The December issue of the magazine has been completed by stand-in editors Sam Dixon and Di Chase. It is a full 36 page issue in the normal format, and has been pulled together with huge help from our designer Julie Hutchinson. It was submitted to the printers and should be delivered to the distributors in Cumbria early next week for sending out to members. This is less than a week behind schedule compared with John's original plans.
10 November 2012