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Inside Motion is the internal newsletter of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and aims to keep our employees, volunteers and supporters up to date.

Entries for Inside Motion should be submitted to

October 3rd 2011
FR on BBC2
All Roads Lead Home, BBC2 (nationwide) 2000 Wednesday 19th October, features a segment filmed on the FR on July 26th.

Sue Perkins, Alison Steadman and Stephen Mangan use a new form of navigation, Natural Navigation, in order to learn more about the UK and the areas that mean something to them.

The series starts this Wednesday 5th October at 2000. More details here.


September 29th 2011
Carriage Shop volunteers needed

Boston Lodge carriage works has a busy winter ahead as new-build carriages, refurbishments and outside contracts vie for attention.

Metropolitan carriage 353 arrives at Porthmadog
Steel Carrs 118 and 119 need work with 118 needing a major overhaul.

113 will be refurbished as 112 including fitting of Eberspacher heater and removing traces of Gas fired heating.

2021 needs painting and varnishing inside and outside and 2042 needs quite a bit of work including re-cladding the exterior. When these are done there are a good number of carriages that need cleaning down, prepping and varnishing.

There is a wide variety of skills required so for anybody wanting to volunteer, we should be able to find appropriate work - where better than in the warmth of the carriage works in the bleak midwinter?.

Alongside external contracts to restore standard gauge Metropolitan carriage 353 and the horse-drawn steam fire engine, Tallylyn Railway carriage 21 is also coming to Boston Lodge for a new body.

Contact for more information.


September 29th 2011
Vacancy - Finance Assistant
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are the UK's premier narrow gauge railway, with a history of innovation stretching back to 1832. Now with the completion of the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, it forms a truly world class tourist attraction.

The position of Finance Assistant at Harbour Station, Porthmadog will soon become available due to retirement.

Duties will include payroll, purchase ledger, BACS payments and reconciliations. Knowledge of Accounting & Payroll programs and Excel & Word essential.

40 hours per week, salary to be agreed. Company Pension scheme. Starting date 1st December 2011.

For further information and an application form please contact Colin Burtt, Finance Manager, on 01766 516026 , or e-mail

Closing date for applications is Monday 17th October.


September 29th 2011
First Aid Week
First Aid Week this year will be held from 7 to 11 November inclusive at Minffordd.

All those who need to renew their three-year First Aid at Work Certificate and who need a two-day revision course, should let Sarah van Lottum know (

Heads of Departments are invited to consider their departmental needs and arrange for additional members of staff to take the four-day course.

We have to arrange an appropriate number of instructors and examiners; we have to give a month's notice of the courses and obtain the books and paper work.

So please do not leave this until the last minute.

Gwasanaeth Meddygol Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway Medical Service.


September 27th 2011
Want to work with the best?
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway is the UK's premier narrow gauge railway, with a history of innovation stretching back to 1832. Now with the completion of the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, it forms a truly world class tourist attraction. Do you have what it takes to help operate 40 miles of the most challenging railway anywhere in the world?

We are looking for an Operating Officer to work within the Operating Department with the opportunity for rapid promotion to Deputy Operations Manager.

This is a rare opportunity to join the team behind one of the world’s most high profile heritage railways.

Skills/ Qualifications:
Railway operations experience an advantage.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Good interpersonal relations skills – both with staff and customers.
Ability to make decisions and remain calm under pressure.
Must be able to work as part of a team and develop team spirit.
Able to work with other departments on the railway.
Be physically fit.
Hold a full UK driving licence.

Production of Operating Department Rosters.
Maintenance of on train ticket machines.
Maintaining Safety Management System and competency records.
Rule Book production.

Basic 40 hours per week. Salary according to experience.

Applications should be in by 7th October, interviews will be held in late October.

Contact F&WHR Operations Manager Sean Britton on 01766 516000 or email


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