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Young Volunteers Week 2019

Young Volunteers Week 2019

The annual Young Volunteers Week acts as a great introduction to volunteering on the railway, with a series of organised working parties and activities to give practical guidance and experience. The volunteers were moved around the railway largely by special (steam hauled) trains.

As ever, the jobs were varied and wide, covering, amongst others:

Minffordd Yard relaying trackwork

The approach to the Goods Shed and other trackwork was completely relaid. This also involved, in some cases, improving the walkways and edging.

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Minffordd Maenofferren Shed Repairs

Including cladding repairs prior to repainting.

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Boston Lodge Carriage Shed Floor Painting

This sounds simple, but requires the clearing out of the shed, diligent preparation of the floor and then careful painting.

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Pathways around Minffordd Yard Horticultural Centre

Earlier in the year, the Society funded the construction of an area for volunteers and staff to grow their own bedding and other plants in a controlled dedicated environment. This includes the construction of the greenhouse. An activity for the week was to improve the access.

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Other work completed included

There was a lot of tidying up completed around the volunteer hostel Minffordd which included replacing fencing:

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And the construction and erection of barriers (from old rail) to protect buildings from vehicles, including the recently constructed Minffordd Workshop:

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And, finally, the social aspect cannot be ignored. As well as other evening activities, the final evening saw the Hog Roast down in Minffordd Yard complete with footplate rides:

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Thanks to Carol Younger for the inputs.


Victorian Weekend, October 2016 Mini Gallery

Merddin Emrys and the Colonel Stephens train
Merddin and Taliesin at Minffordd
Trains pass at Tan y Bwlch
Palmerston Welsh Highland
Princess and Palmerston
Prince on Whistling Curve