Invensys Rail trainees support Ffestiniog Railway

Posted by Barry Pearson on March 4, 2013  |   Comments Off on Invensys Rail trainees support Ffestiniog Railway

Twenty graduates and apprentices from Invensys Rail have completed a challenging five day training and team building programme, working with the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway (F&WHR) in North Wales. The group was tasked with work on the new signalling system at Porthmadog Harbour station and worked on a range of projects including the fit out of the relay room.

Commenting on the programme, Tim Maynard, a Solutions Architect at Invensys Rail (and volunteer on the Ffestiniog Railway) said: “This is a great opportunity for engineers new to the signalling industry to get together as a team and learn some practical skills.

“During the week away, the group had the opportunity to look behind the scenes of a working railway and also saw a demonstration of the unique ‘rail-to-rail’ level crossing at Cae Pawb on the Cambrian Coast Line which has been implemented by Network Rail and the F&WHR”.

Tim Prent, Signalling and Telecoms Manager for F&WHR said: “This was a great experience for the young graduates and trainees and they certainly rose to the challenge. During the week they worked incredibly hard, learned some valuable skills and had the chance to meet a group of apprentices from Network Rail who were working elsewhere on the railway. It was a pleasure having them here to support the work of the F&WHR and I will be following their careers in the industry with great interest”.