£250,000 GRANT FOR VALE OF RHEI­DOL CAR­RIAGES AND AP­PREN­TICES

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Four Vale of Rhei­dol Rail­way car­riages will be re­stored with the aid of a £250,000 grant from the Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties Fund. The grant will fund the re­cruit­ment and su­per­vi­sion of two ap­pren­tices, who will re­store the ve­hi­cles. Two car­riages will pro­vide First class ac­com­mo­da­tion and two will have ac­cess for wheel­chair users. One of the ve­hi­cles is the for­mer vista car, which has not run for more than 25 years. It had large win­dows and no ven­ti­la­tion so be­came ex­tremely un­com­fort­able as the tem­per­a­tures rose. It was also ex­tremely heavy. Jac Smith (21) be­came one of the rail­way’s driv­ers in July, fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps. He joined the rail­way on an en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice­ship when he was 16. His fa­ther, Pete Smith, joined in 1989, when the rail­way was pri­va­tised. ●● Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way-based Hun­slet 0-4-0ST Brit­o­mart will visit the rail­way for its ‘Roar­ing 20s & 30s’ event on Septem­ber 16/17, ros­tered to work two shuttles a day to Capel Ban­gor and one trip each day to Aberf­frwd. Re­cently ar­rived Gar­ratt ‘NGG13’ No. 60 will also be on dis­play.

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