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April 20th 2013

Job vacancies

Catering Department Vacancy
Manager, Spooner's Grill, Café & Bar

Permanent Vacancy

Hours: Up to 40 hours per week, any 5 days out of 7 as rostered
Rate of pay: Dependant on Experience

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are two heritage railway in North Wales. Spooner's Grill, Cafe & Bar is at the centre of our operations and delivers a high level of service from breakfast through to evening meals. We are also an award winning real ale bar.

We are looking for a motivated individual to manage the day to day running of Spooner's Grill, Café & Bar, reporting to the Catering Manager. This will be a hands on role, we are looking for someone prepared to lead by example. Candidates should have experience of management within a catering environment. You must have excellent communication and leadership skills. Understanding of budgeting and experience of managing budgets is essential. If you would like to be a part of one of North Wales top tourist attractions we look forward to receiving your application.

 

Head Chef
Spooner's Grill, Café & Bar

Permanent Vacancy

Hours: Up to 40 hours per week, any 5 days out of 7 as rostered
Rate of pay: Dependant on Experience

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are two heritage railway in North Wales. Spooner's Grill, Cafe & Bar is at the centre of our operations and delivers a high level of service from breakfast through to evening meals. We are also an award winning real ale bar.

To be our head chef you must be able to work with the Catering Manager to develop menu ideas and work within budgets. You need excellent standards of hygiene management and good communication and organisational skills. We are a small team so a hands on, lead by example approach to the job is essential. If you would like to be a part of one of North Wales top tourist attractions we look forward to receiving your application.

Please contact Jo Vincent for an application form for the above positions. We will also accept application by CV with a covering letter.

Tel: 01766 516000 or email jo.vincent@festrail.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday May 10th 2012


April 5th 2013

Tracklaying at Harbour April 12-15

Yes, you've guessed it. This is another cry for help. There is time-critical
tracklaying to complete on the Cob outside Harbour Station.

We need to extend the track coming off the King and Queen points to provide room for stabling vehicles which bring materials to that end of the new layout. This has to be completed before the end of April.

So we will be running a track laying team from Friday 12th April to Monday 15th. Any days in that period you can join us will help get the job done in the
timescale.

If you can help get in touch with me as soon as possible.

Email me at paul.bradshaw@festrail.co.uk

Thanks,
Paul Bradshaw


March 15th 2013

Book Auction

Following a recent, unexpected, visit to Ysbyty Gwynedd John Powell is taking stock of his various activities.

The most physically onerous of these is the annual book auction and he has concluded that it is time to pass this on to another volunteer.

Consequently, the 2013 auction may be the last that John conducts to raise funds for FR related projects, if he feels able.

Volunteers interested in continuing this process of fundraising are invited to contact John to discuss what is involved.

In addition, and contrary to the announcement in the most recent VIM and forthcoming FRM, John will NOT be able to receive books for the foreseeable future.


March 5th 2013

Mike Ritchie

The funeral for the late Mike Ritchie, Honorary Secretary North Staffordshire Area Group, will be held at 15:30 on Thursday 7th March 2013 at Stafford Crematorium, Tixall Road, Stafford ST18 0XZ (Telephone 01785 242594).

Directions, for those travelling by road from Junction 14 (Stafford North) of the M6 Motorway, are available on the website of Stafford Borough Council directions to Cemeteries & Crematorium.

Anyone travelling by train, will need to take a taxi, since the Crematorium is on the east side of town.


February 11th 2013

On Train Services Vacancies

On Train Steward & Cook

Seasonal Vacancy from 18th March 2013 until 2nd November 2013
Hours: Up to 40 hours per week, any 5 days out of 7 as rostered
Rate of pay: Exceeds National Minimum Wage

To prepare fresh hot and cold snacks, serve light refreshments and sell guide books on board our trains.  The position is based at Dinas Station, near Caernarfon, and the successful applicant will work on the Welsh Highland Railway. Applicants must be of smart appearance, numerate and enjoy working with people. The ability to prepare and cook a range of simple hot and cold snacks is essential for this role. A Basic Food Hygiene Certificate would be an advantage but training can be provided if required.

Key Duties:
• Prepare, cook and serve freshly prepared simple light refreshments on the Welsh Highland Railway.
• Assist with the delivery of freshly prepared food.
• Prepare service vehicle/trolley in the morning. Put on stock, water, float and anything else required for the day.
• Provide an at-seat service to customers, offering guide books and refreshments.
• Collect rubbish, clean tables and ensure the train is tidy.
• Keep service vehicle clean and tidy.
• Order fresh stock at end of day and ensure train is ready for following day.
• Assist the guard if requested in an emergency.
• Answer questions and assist with passenger enquiries.
• Help out with stores as requested by senior supervisor. Make up stocks for train if required.

Core Skills:
• Must be numerate and literate.
• Part ‘front of house’ and part kitchen based position, as rostered.
• Communication and simple cooking skills are essential.
• The ability to work cleanly and tidily in a confined area on board our trains.
• Uniform waistcoat is provided. Tie, white shirt and black skirt/trousers required for stewarding.
• Cooks top provided, trousers required.
• The ability to speak Welsh is desirable but not essential.
• Knowledge of locations on the Railways and their use by visitors is desirable.

Occupational Health & Safety
• Adhering to safe working practices as advised by your supervisor.
• Monitoring of safety of public on railway property.

For an application form for the above position please contact Jo Vincent. Tel: 01766 516000 or email jo.vincent@festrail.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd February 2013.

On Train Steward

Seasonal Vacancy from 18th March 2013 until 2nd November 2013
Hours: Up to 40 hours per week, any 5 days out of 7 as rostered
Rate of pay: National Minimum Wage

To serve light refreshments and sell guide books on board our trains.  The position is based at Dinas Station, near Caernarfon, and the successful applicant will work on the Welsh Highland Railway. Applicants must be of smart appearance, numerate and enjoy working with people.

Key Duties:
• Prepare service vehicle/trolley in the morning. Put on stock, water, float and anything else required for the day
• Provide an at-seat service to customers, offering guide books and refreshments
• Take orders for and deliver freshly prepared food from train kitchen
• Collect rubbish, clean tables and ensure the train is tidy
• Keep buffet car/service vehicle clean and tidy
• Order fresh stock at end of day and ensure train is ready for following day
• Assist the guard if requested in an emergency
• Answer questions and assist with passenger enquiries
•  Help out with stores as requested by senior supervisor. Make up stock for train if required.

Core Skills:
• Must be numerate and literate
• ‘Front of House’ position so communication skills and a cheerful disposition are important
• Uniform waistcoat is provided. Tie, white shirt and black skirt/trousers required
• The ability to speak Welsh is desirable but not essential
• Knowledge of locations on the Railways and their use by visitors is desirable.


For an application form for the above position please contact Jo Vincent. Tel: 01766 516000 or email jo.vincent@festrail.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd February 2013


February 6th 2013

Exchange visit of staff from the HSB in Germany

In April we´ll be welcoming a group of staff from our partner railway in Germany, the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB).

The group will arrive on the evening of Thursday 18th and return to Germany on Monday 22nd. They´ll be staying in Minffordd Hostel and accompanied by the usual team of interpreters: Dieter Barnert, Werner Knopf, Peter Schneider and me.

Their last “working” visit to us was in April 2008 and ours to the Harz in October 2011. In the meantime there have been a number of visits at Board and senior management levels in both directions. In 2013 not only do we celebrate “150 years of steam” on the FR but “10 years of HSB staff exchanges”: their first official group visit to us was in September 2003.

The HSB group will be made up of loco crew, guards, infrastructure and customer service staff. As I write this their list of participants is not yet finalised but this will become clear by mid- February after the rest days of those wanting to take part have been re-shuffled. We can expect a mix of people who´ve visited us before and others we´ve met over in Wernigerode that haven´t seen our operations yet.

On Friday 19th April we´ll start with the necessary inductions and then (subject to confirmation) run a familiarisation special over the section from Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu which will be new to the HSB staff since their last visit. On the weekend itself our loco crews and guards on the service trains will be shadowed by the HSB visitors. I´ll need to arrange something for the infrastructure participants once I know who´s coming and their interest: I see the Black Hand Gang have a working weekend at the same time…… 

And in the evenings we can expect to be in Spooner´s, we´ll certainly be eating there on the Friday and Saturday whilst on Sunday evening we´ll eat elsewhere (not yet fixed). So if you aren´t working alongside our visitors, there´s still a chance to meet up with them. If you would like to join one of the evening meals, please let me know well in advance and I´ll send you more details.

Our loco crews have already been informed about the visit through Peter Lawson´s regular messages as have some of the guards who´ve worked with HSB staff before. So those of you who wish to join in, please book up to work in the usual way. As with previous visits, any offers of help as German – English interpreters will be gratefully received! I can best be contacted by email: john.bell@gmx.de


January 22nd 2013

Boston Lodge Engineering Works vacancy - Works Administrator

Start date: February 2013.
Hours: 40 hours per week spread over 5 days.
Rate of pay: Exceeds National Minimum Wage, exact wage dependant on experience.

One month trial period then six months probation before permanent position will be confirmed.

Boston Lodge is the engineering works of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Heritage locomotives and carriages are restored and repaired on site whilst we also produce new locomotives and rolling stock. We carry out all aspects of manufacture from design to finished product. The Works is also the site of the main locomotive and carriage sheds for the operating railways.
We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking individual to join our team at Boston Lodge as the Works Administrator. 

Candidates must have:

• Excellent organisational skills
• Good communication skills
• High levels of IT competence with Microsoft Office suite, internet, email etc.
• The ability to work as part of a team
• A good level of numeracy

Desirable skills:

• Experience of working in a busy office environment
• Prior knowledge of the Railways

Key Duties:

• To provide administrative support and assistance to the manager and supervisors of Boston Lodge Engineering Works
• To organise the offices at the Works
• To organise the Works accounts including ordering, invoicing etc.
• To deal with enquiries from the public, suppliers and staff
• To deal with deliveries to the Works
• To organise Volunteer input at Boston Lodge

If you would like to be a part of a unique engineering environment we look forward to receiving your application.

For an application form for the above position please contact Jo Vincent. Tel: 01766 516000 or email jo.vincent@festrail.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Monday 4th February 2013.


January 15th 2013

Heritage Rail Passes

Inter-Rail Pass (Heritage Railway Association)

We are pleased to announce that the Heritage Rail Association InterRail Pass scheme will be going ahead in 2013.

The scheme is open to directors, managers, paid staff and volunteers working on a railway which participates in the Inter-Rail Pass scheme. 

For £25 you receive a 2 person Pass allowing you and another person to travel at free or reduced rates on railways participating in the scheme subject to travel restrictions set by each railway. The passes generally cannot be used on Santa specials, some gala days and other special occasions. A list of participating railways and the restrictions is provided with the pass.

The 2013/2014 pass will be valid from 1st March 2013 to 28th February 2014.

If you would like to purchase a 2013/2014 pass please send a cheque for £25 per pass, made payable to 'Heritage Railway Association', together with a stamped addressed envelope, to Joanna Vincent, Ffestiniog Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF.

If you are not able to pay by cheque please contact me to arrange an alternative method of payment.

In order to receive your pass by the start date please ensure your cheque reaches me by Monday 18th February.

Joanna Vincent, Commercial Department


December 22nd 2012

Boston Lodge Engineering Works Vacancy - Locomotive Supervisor

Applications are invited for the key position of Locomotive Supervisor for the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

Because it involves responsibility for competence management and rostering of more than a hundred and fifty locomotive crew, covering several thousand turns each year, this post is one of the most demanding and interesting in the world of heritage railways.

The key requirements of the role are:

• The recruitment, selection, training, monitoring, progression, assessment and authorisation of all footplate crew, with the objective of providing high standards of safety management, operating knowledge and locomotive handling
• To maintain a list of LocoCrew bookings detailing the availability of authorised crew
• To publish and circulate a weekly LocoCrew roster
• To circulate the Summary Hours & Duties file detailing each rostered turn.
• To organise medical examinations for Drivers as notified by the FRCo Medical Service and to refer any issues raised in the Self-Certifications of Health by Trainees and Firemen
• To arrange annual LocoCrew Training Weekends
• To make periodic assessments of all Drivers and Firemen in line with agreed policy on competence management
• To convey as appropriate any problems reported with locomotives or issues or concerns relating to train operation
• To issue guidance notes or special instructions relating to locomotive management or train operation
• The management of consumables related to the operation of locomotives such as firewood and cleaning materials

If you have solid experience of steam locomotive operations and can deliver high levels of staff performance whilst maintain a cool and calm manner then we would like to hear from you.

This position is available for immediate uptake following a successful interview. This is a permanent, full time position. The hours of work will be 40 hours a week, on any 5 days out of 7.

Salary is dependent on experience.

To apply please contact Jo Vincent for an application form: telephone 01766 516000 or email jo.vincent@festrail.co.uk. Applications can also be made by C.V. and covering letter directly to Jo Vincent. The closing date for applications is Monday 21st January 2013.


December 18th 2012

Long Service Badges

Many members have reported that their Long Service Badges are now out of date as the first batch was distributed in 2006. They were engraved with the length of service in the centre and now that time has moved on, an updated version may well be required.

Please remember they are made to order, in five yearly intervals. ie. 5, 10, 15, 20 etc. There is no intention of checking on the accuracy of your estimated number of years service, in fact it would make sense to work slightly ahead of time. If you have done 23 years now, it would be better to order one for 25 years so that it is approximately correct for a few years more. You can have as many as you wish. Our General Manager has one for his jacket and another for his greasetop when he’s on the locomotive.
 
Why would you want one? Perhaps we are all proud of the time that we have spent working on the FR. Wearing one of these simple badges can attract the attention of others and can start a conversation about the railway and what is involved with being one of the active workforce. Being an ambassador can be so easy and can attract someone new to the organisation. If we love working for the railway then we should be pleased to encourage others.
 
These badges are manufactured to order. Please send your order to me Howard Wilson, 17 Stoughton Road, Leicester, LE2 2EE. Tell me how many badges you require, what number you need to be engraved on the badge, include your name and address and a cheque made out to the Ffestiniog Railway Society for £6 per badge. We make no profit from this service. I need to compile a list of all the badges required before they can be made, so delivery may be in the region of six months.