First Great Western apprentices step back in time

A five-strong group of apprentices from modern day train operating company First Great Western (FGW) in Plymouth stepped back in time to sample the steam age on Monday 7th April when they visited us 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. 

During theday-long visit, the group travelled in ourheritage diesel unit dating back to the 1950s from Totnes to Staverton. 

There, they saw 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.

The group then travelled back to Buckfastleigh in order to look around the SDR’s main engineering workshops (picture, right) and the running shed.


7th April 2014 

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