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FIRST GREAT WESTERN APPRENTICES STEP BACK IN TIME TO THE STEAM AGE AS PART OF THEIR TRAINING

 

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

 

MONDAY 7 APRIL

 

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Apprentices– 1 7 April 2014

 

A five-strong group of apprentices from modern day train operating company First Great Western (FGW) in Plymouth will literally be stepping back in time to sample the steam age today (Monday 7 April) as they visit the nearby South Devon Railway (SDR) in order to learn about some of the principles of railway operating.

 

The visit was the brainchild of Robert Kitley, himself already an SDR diesel group volunteer, but who is also training as an apprentice with First Great Western. He approached the SDR with his idea which was happy to help out with the training programme and show the group around.

 

During the flexibly timed but day-long visit, the group will first travel in a heritage diesel unit dating back to the 1950s from Totnes to Staverton.

 

There, they will then see the operation of two old-style mechanical signal boxes at a busy passing point for trains, complete with hand-pulled levers, a locking room and manually operated signal arms.

 

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Apprentices – 2

 

The group, who will all be wearing their full FGW uniforms and accompanied by their manager, then travel to Buckfastleigh in order to look around the SDRs main engineering workshops and the running shed from 12.30 to 1.15pm before lunch at the SDRs Refreshment Rooms until 2.00pm.

 

In the afternoon, they will then inspect heritage diesel Class 25 loco No. 7612 and prepare it for service before leaving Buckfastleigh at 2.55pm with a train of empty coaching stock train destined for Staverton, and then returning to Totnes on just the loco around 4.15pm to conclude their tour.

 

The SDR is arranging to have record photos of the visit taken during the course of the day at various locations which can be made available to media organisations on request, and the apprentices are being asked by FGW to write an article about the visit for the FGW magazine too.

 

NOTES TO NEWS/PICTURE EDITOR

 

Further information, news and pix about the South Devon Railway can be seen at the SDRs websites: www.southdevonrailway.co.uk and www.sdronline.org.uk and www.southdevonrailway.org

 

Press Release prepared and issued for

the South Devon Railway

by Dick Wood,

mobile 07711 552947, e-mail: DickWood@southdevonrailway.org