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April 20th 2012

Volunteer Website

After many years sterling service the decision has been taken to wind up the FRVol (http://www.ffestiniogvolunteer.org.uk/) website and absorb its content into the main FRS site.

It is unclear how many people use the ‘secure' staff area on the site regularly and, if used, how much of the information on here can be got through other means. Therefore could the group ask anyone with an interest to email web@ffestiniograilway.org.uk outlining how they use this secure area … maybe after looking through the list below!

This is all part of ongoing efforts to simplify communications and avoid duplication duplication around the railway, so we would point out that if you need information:

Inside Motion
The F&WHR newsletter for all staff, vols and supporters is available to all at: http://www.festrail.co.uk/content/publish/insidemotion/

This includes a calendar of events, meetings and much more.

To receive emails when some updates are made, please email insidemotion@festrail.co.uk Note that email notifications are only issued for priority updates. Check back regularly for updates.

Weekly Notice
This is available by email to staff involved with the operating railway. Email: control@festrail.co.uk

Rosters etc
Please speak to your department head if you are not receiving rosters and notices as necessary.

GyM
This internal newsletter is also still available and distributed on a quarterly basis.

Society Magazines
The FR Magazine and Snowdon Ranger are available to members of the FRS and WHRS respectively. Please see their websites for details.

EGroup
Unofficial FR/WHR discussion groups on Yahoo Groups:

http://yahoogroups.com/group/festiniograilway/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WelshHighland/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rheilffordderyri/

Area Groups
Many of the FRS Area Groups have their own newsletters. See the FRS website for details:

www.ffestiniograilway.org.uk/areagroups

Loco Roster
If you simply need to check which loco is rostered when, check out:

http://www.festrail.co.uk/locoroster.htm

Thanks for all that you do to support the railways.

FRS website team
web@ffestiniograilway.org.uk


April 4th 2012

Latest job opportunities

Infrastructure Department Vacancy - FR Permanent Way Technician

The Festiniog Railway Company operates the narrow gauge Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, which carry over 300,000 passengers a year. The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest operational railway company in the World, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832.

A new Permanent Way (PW) Technician/Trainee is required to fill a new vacancy created in anticipation of the future retirement of an existing staff member. The PW Technician reports directly to the FR PW Senior Supervisor and is responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repair of the track and related infrastructure in accordance with current and developing Festiniog Railway Company policies and plans.

The key requirements of the role are:
• To work as a member of the FR Permanent Way team to carry out inspections and track works as directed by the Senior Supervisor in order to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the railway.
• To train towards the next level as a PW Tracksafe Supervisor in order to be able to lead and supervise future work teams.
• To train as a diesel locomotive driver if not already a passed driver in order to operate works trains.  A full understanding of the rules and working regulations of the Railway will be essential.
• To carry out some Signals & Telecoms and Lineside Management tasks as directed by the Senior Supervisor as work programmes demand.
• Utilise materials and resources to conduct work tasks to the correct standard in the most cost effective and time efficient manner possible.
Previous experience of and/or a full understanding of railway PW work is essential. A clean driving licence is also essential.

The position is available for immediate uptake following a successful interview. Salary is negotiable within a limited band. The post will be located at Minffordd Depot, Penrhyndeudraeth.

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 the Head of Infrastructure. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th April 2012.

Infrastructure Department Vacancy - Lineside Manager

The Festiniog Railway Company operates the narrow gauge Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, which carry over 300,000 passengers a year. The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest operational railway company in the World, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832.

The role of Lineside Manager is soon to become vacant due to the retirement of the existing post holder. The Lineside Manager reports directly to the Head of Infrastructure and is responsible for the management of all trees and other vegetation growing on and around the railway in accordance with current and developing Festiniog Railway Company policies and plans.

The key requirements of the role are:
• Inspection of trees that may become dangerous to the operation of passenger trains on the railway or members of the public and the formulation of a pruning/felling plan to deal with them.
• Management of all lineside vegetation that encroaches within the loading gauge of trains and could lead to injury of loco crews, damage to rolling stock or the railway’s infrastructure and the reduction of sightlines for loco crews and users of level crossings. Management methods include pruning, strimming, herbicide spraying, controlled burning etc.
• The control of invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed.
• Liaison with neighbouring land owners and local authorities to develop and implement joint vegetation management agreements.
• Management and supervision of full time staff, volunteers and contractors employed by the railway for lineside vegetation control. A team leader and team player is essential.
• Development and management of annual budgets for lineside vegetation control.

Recognised professional qualifications in Countryside or Forestry Management are essential for this role, together with the necessary training and permits to operate herbicide spraying equipment, chainsaws, wood chippers etc. A clean driving licence and trailer towing licence is essential.

The position is available for immediate uptake following a successful interview. Salary is negotiable within a limited band.

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 the Head of Infrastructure. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th April 2012.

Infrastructure Department Vacancy - F&WHR Signals & Telecoms Technician

The Festiniog Railway Company operates the narrow gauge Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, which carry over 300,000 passengers a year. The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest operational railway company in the World, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832.

A new Signals & Telecoms (S&T) Technician/Trainee is required to fill a new vacancy resulting from the retirement of an existing staff member and a reorganisation of the S&T staff structure. The S&T Technician reports directly to the S&T Manager and is responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repair of the F&WHR S&T equipment and related infrastructure in accordance with current and developing Festiniog Railway Company policies and plans.

The key requirements of the role are:
• To work as a member of the F&WHR S&T team to carry out inspections and equipment test & repair works as directed by the S&T Manager in order to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the railway.
• To train towards becoming a Tracksafe Supervisor in order to be able to lead and supervise future work teams.
• To train as a diesel locomotive driver if not already a passed driver in order to operate works trains. A full understanding of the rules and working regulations of the Railway will be essential.
• To carry out some Permanent Way and Lineside Management tasks as directed by the S&T Manager as work programmes demand.
• Utilise materials and resources to conduct work tasks to the correct standard in the most cost effective and time efficient manner possible.
Previous experience of and/or a full understanding of railway signalling systems and permanent way work is essential. A clean driving licence is also essential.

The position is available for immediate uptake following a successful interview. Salary is negotiable within a limited band. The post will be located at Minffordd Depot, Penrhyndeudraeth.

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 the Head of Infrastructure. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th April 2012.


March 27th 2012

Alan Pegler's funeral

Alan Pegler's funeral will take place at a London crematorium on Monday April 2nd., followed by a private reception. A public celebration of his life will take place later in the year.

It was Alan's intervention that made the restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway a possibility, from which the initial funds needed to transfer ownership of the FR to the current administration were provided.

Alan was President of both the Ffestiniog Railway Society and the Festiniog Railway Company. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2006.

Alan died on Sunday 18th March 2012 after a short illness. He was 91.

He last visited the railway in October 2011.

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Alan Pegler at Tan y Bwlch. October 5 2011


March 19th 2012

Operating Assistant Vacancy

The Ffestiniog Railway Company operates the narrow gauge Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, which carry over 300,000 passengers a year. The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest operational railway company in the World, being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832.

Since the 1950s, the Ffestiniog Railway has become a leader in railway preservation and is now one of the UK's top tourist attractions. In 2011, the Welsh Highland was officially opened throughout from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. At 25 miles, the WHR is the longest heritage railway in the UK. Its connection with the Ffestiniog railway enables passengers to travel between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon - almost 40 miles of narrow gauge steam.

In addition to employing 65 full-time staff, independent research shows that the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways generate over £20 million for the local economy each year and create a further 350 jobs in the area. The two railways' supporting societies have over 8,000 members and over 1,000 volunteers regularly visit to work on the railways.

The Railway now has a vacancy in its Operating Department for an Operating Assistant with special responsibility for communications and customer care. The role will include responsibility for improving customer care skills amongst staff and volunteers alike. There is the opportunity for rapid promotion within the Operating Department.

The successful applicant would be trained initially as a guard and signaller on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and would then progress through the Operating Department grades.

The ideal candidate will have:

· Customer care experience

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· Good interpersonal relations skills – both with staff and customers

· The ability to make decisions and remain calm under pressure

· The ability to work as part of a team and develop team spirit

· Some experience of railway operations

In addition, they will:

· Be willing to work closely with other departments on the railway

· Be physically fit

· Hold a full UK driving licence

This is a full-time post in a 7 day a week operation. Basic 40 hours / 5 days per week. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. Applications are encouraged from both recently qualified and experienced candidates. Current salary and future expectations should be mentioned when applying.

Apply in writing including curriculum vitae in the first instance to the Operations Manager, Sean Britton, at sean.britton@festrail.co.uk.

Interviews will be held in April.


March 16th 2012

Ffestiniog Travel need your help...

Ffestiniog Travel would like help in collating a list of significant Railway Events, Steam and Loco Festivals etc that are happening in the UK and across Europe over the next 18 months.
 
The travel arm of FR/WHR are looking at developing a series of mini-breaks based around key railway events being run by Preserved Railways across the Continent and are keen for members to share their knowledge and have an input .  FT are in a position to make all the travel and accommodation arrangements for anyone who may wish to attend notable railway events.
 
Please email your suggestions and recommendations to maria.cook@ffestiniogtravel.co.uk.
 
Many thanks
Maria Cook, General Manager - Ffestiniog Travel


February 16th 2012

Suzanne Coulson

Sadly, Suzanne Coulson has died following a long battle with cancer. We offer our sympathies to Katrina, Steve and Rob.

The funeral will be on Thursday, February 23rd at 1.30 at Bangor Crematorium, and after at Eryl Môr Hotel, 2 Upper Garth Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2SR.

Family flowers only please. Donations can be made to Cancer charities through Funeral Directors Prichard & Griffiths, Tremadog, LL49 9RH.


February 15th 2012

Vacancies at the F&WHR

We currently have the following vacancies.

Caernarfon Booking Office - Booking Office Clerk & Cashier
On Train Services - Cook & On Train Steward - F&WHR
On Train Services - On Train Steward WHR

Full details of the positions are in the attached documents.

For application forms for the above positions please contact Jo Vincent.

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

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 29th February 2012

Attached file(s):
  • Caernarfon_Booking_Office_advert.pdf
  • Cook_and_Steward_advert.pdf
  • WHR_Steward_Advert.pdf

  • February 13th 2012

    Carriage cleaners wanted!

    The Operating Department has an opportunity for people to join the railway’s seasonal staff as carriage cleaners. This is a great way to get involved in the day to day running of the railways, with the expectation that successful candidates will also train for other operating roles.

    Anyone interested should contact Sean Britton on 01766 516000 or via email at sean.britton@festrail.co.uk


    February 10th 2012

    Brian Reeve

    As many of you are aware Brian passed away on the 3rd of February. He was a long-time supporter of the railway and many of us know him from his time working Penrhyn Crossing.  He never ceased to take a very keen interest in the railway and he could be seen making every effort to come and see the trains here in Porthmadog even though his illness meant he had to bring his oxygen bottle with him in his shopping trolley. His wife Carol just told me that he did manage to make a trip across Brittania Bridge, something that pleased him enormously.

    A service will be held for Brian at Capel  y Porth on Madoc Street at 11.45am Monday 13th of February. Afterwards refreshments will be served at the Queens Hotel. The family only will go on to Bangor for the cremation but rejoin their friends at the Queens Hotel afterwards.

    Carol has requested that any donations be made to the Ffestiniog Railway Society Prince Appeal. Seeing Prince working again is something that would also have pleased Brian immensely.


    February 9th 2012

    Railfest 2012 at the National Railway Museum

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    Railfest 2012 takes place at the NRM from the 2nd – 10th June 2012 and the FR/WHR is playing a key part in the event just as we did the last time in 2004.

    After studying many options for what we would have liked to provide and what the NRM can accommodate within the show we have settled on something very similar to the 2004 event. There are three and half areas in which we are involved and for which we would welcome volunteers to assist.

    These areas are: -

    The Running Line:
    We will have Palmerston and two carriages on the running line plus a Simplex diesel and will operate a free ride up and down the line we laid for the last event. For this we will need a minimum of two drivers, firemen and guards per day with an extra crew on the last Friday and Saturday to cover evening photographic events.

    Crew for the train have to be FR/WHR qualified crews and the footplate crews should be familiar with Palmerston.

    Other helpers for the running line cleaning the train and as platform staff would be most welcome if not essential.

    Meeters and Greeters near the running line:
    Sorry but I couldn’t think of a better title and that really says it all. With our train drawing in the visitors to us we shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell them about our railways and all they can offer.

    Marketing Stand:
    There is to be a great gathering of railway stands in a marquee to the north of the site and we will have a fixed stand here from which to promote our railways with a substantial display of marketing materials and sales material. This will need to be staffed throughout the event.

    The Boat:
    This is the half an opportunity I mentioned. The Boat is attending the show; in fact it appears on all the posters. Whereabouts it's going isn’t completely decided yet as the site plan is still being juggled but it would be good to have people on hand to explain what it is, where it comes from and what a visit to its home can offer.

    Contacts:
    We have a single point of contact for the FR/WHR with NRM but now we are getting nearer to the event we will have people taking responsibility for specific areas. We all talk to each other so contact the most convenient and we’ll pass it on.

    Running Line Operations and main contact:
    Paul Martin
    19 Briar Avenue, Acomb, York. YO26 5BX
    Tel 01904 331973
    paul.martin@festrail.co.uk

    Meet & Greet Stand:
    Peter Kirkby, contact as above and it will be forwarded.

    Marketing Stand:
    Dave Kent
    The Studio, Ardpatrick, By Tarbert, Argyll & Bute, PA29 6YA.
    ffriddisaf@freezone.co.uk