December 6th 2012
Sandstone event next year...
Message from Sandstone follows....
As a prominent 2-ft Narrow Gauge railway operating in the UK we would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to a very special event that we are holding in South Africa next year.
The Sandstone Steam Railroad is reasonably well known due to the publicity that we receive from top class publications like Narrow Gauge World in the UK. We are grateful to them because it helps us to showcase what we are doing in terms of 2-ft Narrow Gauge Railway Preservation in South Africa. It also attracts visitors to our events and who find our railway, which runs through mountainous country in the beautiful Eastern Free State, to be both an enjoyable and an exciting experience. The experience is enhanced by the fact that we have more than 20 locomotives which we normally deploy during our week-long event.
Stars of Sandstone which is our next event will take place from 4th-12th May 2013 . We have already had a good number of registrations from around the world. Quite a number of clubs, private railways, and others put groups together where 3-4 individuals. They rent a car at Johannesburg International Airport, drive the 4-hours to where we are, and then use the car for their convenience while they are there. We also have a world class locomotive refurbishment facility at the old South African Railways workshops in Bloemfontein and we normally arrange a day excursion so that people with a great degree of interest in the technical and restoration side of Narrow Gauge can discuss the finer engineering points with our Chief Fitter and his staff.
We would be grateful if you could circulate the attached flyer to your members. Perhaps just put a note with it and say they can contact our UK Liaison Office, namely Joanne West, on Tel: 01189 819600, and E-mail: email@example.com for further particulars on how to register.
Rest assured that fellow Narrow Gauge enthusiasts will be afforded a warm welcome should they decide to visit us.
December 4th 2012
Due to the retirement of Julian Harrison, the following arrangements are now in place for the on-going management of the Infrastructure Department.
Dafydd Thomas has been appointed Interim Infrastructure Manager, reporting to the General Manager. He is responsible for all aspects of the infrastructure maintenance programme. The departmental managers will report to Dafydd.
Alun Tomlinson will lead the Permanent Way team for both railways. Chris Mace, Senior PW Supervisor for the FR, will report to Alun.
Ian Hartill will be taking on increased responsibility for overall management of the Harbour Station Development Project.
Terry Turner has been engaged as a consultant to drive forward a number of essential improvements in the safety management documentation of the infrastructure department. Terry will work closely with Peter Gray and the other managers in the department and will spend one day per week with us for a period of six to eight weeks.
Applications continue to be sought for the post of Infrastructure Manager, which is currently being advertised.
December 4th 2012
Welsh Highland Railway linear gym
By Thursday, 27th December you will have had enough of the party hats, mince pies, recycled turkey and film repeats on the telly so why not come and have a work out on the railway.
Something a little different this year for the after christmas session, we are going to be cutting down trees and anything else that grows between the fence lines from Tryfan river bridge to Tryfan level crossing.
This will be a four day session from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th December.
We will have the use of the large chipper so that we will not have to carry much away from the site.
By the time we finish we hope to have clear views for the loco crews through the whole site as well as opening up better vistas for the paying customers as well as letting the wonderfully restored Tryfan Junction station building be seen in all its glory.
or by telephone - Dafydd - 01248 681019 / Paul - 01766 770034
November 21st 2012
The funeral of Arthur Brooks will be held at Bangor Crematorium, LL57 4HP, at 1200 on Friday November 30th. Richard Buxton will be officiating. Family flowers only, please. Donations to the Alaw Unit where he died through funeral directors Pritchard & Griffiths 01766 512091. Reception follows in Spooner’s.
October 25th 2012
Winter Work Programme 2012/13
|Oct 20-21||NG 15||Dinas|
|Oct 27-28||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Oct 27-28||LSM Weekend|
|Oct 27-28||D & M Group|
|Nov 17-18||NG 15||Dinas|
|Nov 03-04||S & T|
|Nov 15-20||Hansags||(Thursday to Tuesday)|
|Nov 24-25||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Nov 24-25||D & M Group|
|Nov 24 - Dec 03||JASPER|
|Nov 26 - Dec 02||S & T||Winter Working Week|
|Dec 15-16||NG 15||Dinas|
|Dec 18 - Jan 2nd||Prince/ss||Prince & Princess Rub down: Boston Lodge|
|Dec 29-31||Slate Wagon||Boston Lodge|
|Dec 29-31||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Jan 01-06||D & M Group||Working Week|
|Jan 14-17||NR Apprentices|
|Jan 19-20||NG 15||Dinas|
|Jan 19-20||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Jan 21-24||NR Apprentices|
|Jan 26-27||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Jan 26-27||D & M Group|
|Jan 28-31||NR Apprentices|
|Feb 04-07||NR Apprentices|
|Feb 09-10||Slate Wagon||Boston Lodge|
|Feb 11-14||NR Apprentices|
|Feb 15-18||ROWG||Long weekend|
|Feb 16-17||NG 15||Dinas|
|Feb 16-17||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Feb 23-24||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Feb 23-24||D & M Group|
|Feb 25 - Mar 03||JASPER|
|Mar 16-17||NG 15||Dinas|
|Mar 16-17||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Mar 18-20||D & M Group|
|Mar 29 - Apr 1||Slate Wagon||Boston Lodge|
|Mar 30-31||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Apr 12-15||ROWG||Long weekend|
|Apr 13-14||NG 15||Dinas|
|Apr 20-21||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Apr 27-28||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|May 18-19||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|May 25-27||Slate Wagon||Boston Lodge|
|May 25-26||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Jun 07-10||ROWG||Long weekend|
|Jun 15-16||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Jun 29-30||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Jul 20-21||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Jul 20-21||Slate Wagon||Boston Lodge|
|Jul 27-28||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Aug 16-19||ROWG||Long weekend|
|Aug 17-18||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Aug 22-25||Slate Wagon||Boston Lodge|
|Aug 31-Sep 1||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Sep 21-22||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Sep 28-29||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Oct 11-14||ROWG||Long weekend|
|Oct 18-19||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Oct 26-27||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Nov 16-17||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Nov 30-Dec 1||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Nov 30-Dec 1||BHG|
|Dec 06-09||ROWG||Long weekend|
|Dec 14-15||Carriage Works||Boston Lodge|
|Dec 28-29||C2||Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge|
|Re tamp Ynysfor to Croesor Junction|
|Re tamp Castell Cidwm to Glanrafon|
|Aberglaslyn north align and tamp|
|Croesor Junction curve retamp|
|Survey Castell Cidwm|
|Align and tamp Cae'r Gors to Hafod Ruffydd|
|Align and tamp Hafod Ruffydd to Canal Curve|
|Align and tamp tunnel 4|
|Tues Gang||Service fishplates / 'T' Bolts|
|Tamp & top Cyrnant|
|BHG||LC cutoff drain @ Bron Fedw|
|Pont Croesor level top to platform and to points|
|Multiple gap closures on both rails|
|LH rail - only 9mm gap IN TOTAL over this stretch|
|Tues Gang||Coed Helen wall - point & rebuild as required|
|BHG||Relay and align Meillionen through Coed Mawr Crossing|
|Resurface Hendy Crossing|
|Repack to level and resurface Pont Croesor Crossing|
|Relay and align Cae'r Moel|
|Realign 52.40 to Pont Dylif|
|Align @ 13680|
|Plas y Nant lift|
|BHG||Castell Cidwm: refix track to concrete OB invert|
|BHG||Tryfan Junction overbridge: Resleeper with steel|
|Glanrafon Bridge: Construct access to bridge beam ends & bearing plates|
|Glanrafon Bridge: Clean & service bridge beam ends & bearing plates|
|BHG||Change Hafod y Llyn Point Caernarfon end|
|BHG||Change Beddgelert Points Blaenau End|
|Tues Gang||Provide ballasting back-up to tamping activities|
October 17th 2012
Boston Lodge Works Dinner - Saturday November 24th
The 2012 Works dinner will be on Saturday 24th November in the Hercules Hall Portmeirion at 7pm. Open to all past and present footplate and shed staff of Boston Lodge and Dinas sheds.
Disco by Lewis Ash and Coach by Dave Davies.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a maximum of 100 people.
The cost for dinner and disco is £26.50 per person and £6.50 for each person using the coach.
Booking forms were sent out with Peter's missive of 06/09, should be available at Boston Lodge and downloaded from here
In Addition if there is sufficient demand from those people attending the dinner in the evening there will be a coach trip to either Betws-y-coed and or Llandudno for an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping as well as having a pleasant day out.
Details: Leave Porthmadog Harbour Station 09.30, return 16.30
If you are interested please contact David Davies(our coach organiser) who will give you the necessary details about price etc.
Please e-mail David and let him know your preferred destination.
September 24th 2012
The funeral arrangements for Penny Owen are Friday 28th September 2012 at 11.00 a.m. at Bangor Crematorium, followed by a Memorial Service at Capel Fron, Penrhyndeudraeth at 1.30pm.
August 13th 2012
We are seeking to fill two positions at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in North Wales.
Both roles offer an opportunity for a lifestyle change as the positions are based in Snowdonia and offer high levels of job satisfaction and wide ranging responsibilities.
We are looking for a talented manager with a strong track record in railway management and the ability to recruit and motivate volunteers. The Infrastructure Manager will report to the General Manager and be responsible for all infrastructure management. This position offers a good opportunity for career development and heads a small staff of paid employees. Supported by a large team of volunteers, the Infrastructure Manager is to develop all aspects of volunteer input alongside day to day responsibilities of delivering a safe railway. We expect candidates to hold degree level qualifications.
IT and Telecommunications Manager/Technician:
We are looking for a bright, hands-on IT Manager/Technician with a robust track record in IT and network management. This Manager will be responsible for the delivery of a reliable and progressive IT and Telecommunications Infrastructure.
If you are looking for an opportunity to develop experience in a broader role and place job satisfaction and lifestyle ahead of material rewards, we would be keen to hear from you for either of the above positions. Please send written applications explaining your suitability for the chosen role together with a full CV and expectations of salary to:
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Gwynedd, LL49 9NF
or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications for either role is Monday 17 September 2012.
July 25th 2012
First Aid Courses
Just a reminder that the First Aid at Work Courses will be held, as usual, in the first week after the end of the daily service. In 2012, that will be from Sat 3 November to Fri 9 November.
A two-day course for recertification will be held on Sat 3 and Sun 4 November; another will be held on Mon 5 and Fri 9 November, so you may choose whichever course is more convenient for you.
A four-day course for new entrants (and for lapsed first-aiders) will be held from Tues 6 to Fri 9 November. It is a nationally recognised course so volunteers may be able to persuade their employers to pay for their attendance. There is a cost to the Railway for doing this course but we do not pass it on to staff or volunteers.
Would Heads of Departments please check their departmental requirements and advise Sarah van Lottum (email@example.com in good time if they have staff who wish to undertake the courses? Please remember that we need plenty of time to arrange a suitable number of instructors as well as having to give a month's notice for the courses ahead so the sooner we get the info the better.
We shall also be pleased to hear from others wishing to take the course, but please book through your HoD.
The more first aiders we have, the better. You never know when you might need one.
July 18th 2012
Boston Lodge Works Administrator
We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking individual to join our team at Boston Lodge as the Works Administrator.
Boston Lodge Engineering Works
Start date: mid August
Hours: 40 hours per week spread over 5 days
Rate of pay: Exceeds National Minimum Wage, exact wage dependent 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
- Experience of working in a busy office environment
- Prior knowledge of the Railways
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications: Monday 6th August 2012