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Ffestiniog & Highland Railway

Rail Engineering & Track Maintenance

Rail Engineering trainees will learn track engineering skills to ensure that the track of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, much of which runs on unique and historic dry stone structures (that now form part of the larger landscape), can be maintained and preserved for the future.

Permanent Way trainees will work alongside the Infrastructure Department team, based at Minffordd Yard, Minffordd. Trainees will be expected to complete their training towards a City & Guilds NVQ Level 2/3 Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (Permanent Way). The training is delivered in house and will be assessed internally by the Infrastructure Manager.

Units include:

  • Prepare to undertake duties in the rail industry (in the heritage context)
  • Undertake routine manual maintenance of the permanent way
  • Carry out routine inspection of the permanent way
  • Assist in preparing resources for permanent way activities (including volunteer activities)
  • Undertake replacement of heritage permanent way assets and components
  • Restore track geometry faults to operational condition by manual repair of heritage permanent way assets and components
  • Prepare small plant, measuring equipment and tools for permanent way renewal and maintenance in the context of a heritage railway
  • Lift and move permanent way materials, components & equipment
  • Restore plain line track geometry to operational condition
  • Prepare work site for permanent way heritage engineering activities

Contact Us

Heritage Skills Training Programme
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Harbour Station
LL49 9NF


Phone: 01766 516064

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