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Preparing our Locos for 2014

Sunday 23rd February 2014

Members of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Locomotive Operating Department were at work today on the unglamorous but essential tasks necessary to prepare the steam locomotive fleet for service during the 2014 operating season.  When the locomotives were ‘winterised’ last autumn their fire bars were removed to allow engineering staff easy access to inspect the fireboxes. Today’s effort has been to identify fire bars fit for further service and return them to their places in the locomotive fireboxes. 

(Left to Right) Chris Parish, Alan Brindley, Roger Millward and Steve Smart moving fire bars from the storage area.
The first train of the 2014 operating season will be the 1005hrs from Havenstreet on 16th March during the railway’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.  Before then the Locomotive Operations and Engineering teams still have much work to do; mechanical examinations are required as well as steam tests to satisfy our Boiler Inspector that the locomotives are fit for service. Meanwhile our footplate crew Roster Manager Alan Brindley will be compiling and issuing the crew details to take us through the first month of what promises to be another very busy operating season.

If you are interested in joining our happy band there has never been a better time to make quick progress towards becoming an ‘Engineman’ – it’s a traditional job title, ladies are more than welcome to join the team!  A useful first step is to attend one of the railway's Volunteer Recruitment Days, the next one will be held on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at Havenstreet Station, starting at 10.00am.  Come along, meet the team and find out how you can fit in.

The initial point of contact for aspiring Enginemen is the railway’s Volunteer Coordinator Alan Gaskin, he can be contacted at  volunteering@iwsteamrailway or by calling the railway on 01983 882204.