DMU to Weymouth
Ed and Elaine were kind enough to let time-travelling Gaelle pose as a waiting passenger, who signals to the driver at this request stop and boards the train. She studied theatre at university and it was just like the train was coming and she really was boarding.
In the obligatory footage from the air, look out for the line continuing towards Thorverton at 2:12. The keeper's house at Fortescue Crossing can be seen.
You'll gather that I'm back in the saddle. I'm far from fully recovered but 40 days without Special Brew was all I could sustain. The deal is that if I drink strong lager I have to do the riding - but not at the same time!
With best wishes,
Appeal for help.
Following an invitation to volunteers, we now have a group who have expressed an interest in becoming a Passed Diesel Locomotive Driver. For them to become Passed Drivers, they firstly need to have been assessed via a medical questionnaire and, for those that haven’t already done so elsewhere, successfully undergo a medical examination to demonstrate their physical and mental fitness to drive a locomotive. We initially envisage 6 training places so we may need to shortlist applicants.
Following this stage, they will receive training by an independent trainer/assessor and if they successfully pass a theory and practical assessment, they will be classified as Passed Drivers and so will be able to drive unsupervised when rostered.
Finding a trainer/assessor is proving difficult particularly as there is a nationwide backlog of drivers requiring their ‘ticket’ to be renewed. This is because most were unable to drive during the pandemic.
Many of you have connections with other heritage railways who may have trainer/assessors and we would like to approach them to see if they can help. If you do, please let us know because, until we have our own drivers passed as competent, we are unable to move locomotives and stock.
The trainer/assessor will need to be authorised to train and assess drivers of diesel mechanical locomotives. Full expenses can be paid so they are not out of pocket.
Please help us find trainer/assessors so we can continue our transition to operational railway.
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