INI­TIA­TIVE IS AIMED AT AT­TRACT­ING MORE WOMEN TO THE FOOT­PLATE

Steam Railway (UK) - - NARROW GAUGE NEWS -

‘Women Teach­ing Women’ is a new series of events aimed at en­cour­ag­ing more women to get in­volved in the tra­di­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated en­vi­ron­ment of steam trac­tion and en­gi­neer­ing.

The ini­tia­tive will hold its first event on the Per­ry­grove Rail­way in the For­est of Dean on June 22/23 2019 – the sec­ond day co­in­cid­ing with In­ter­na­tional Women in En­gi­neer­ing Day.

The ini­tia­tive was de­vised by 20-year-old Me­gan Char­man, a fire­man on the Welsh­pool & Llan­fair Light Rail­way. Since be­com­ing in­volved with steam rail­ways around four years ago, Ms Char­man gained much sup­port from her fel­low vol­un­teers, but also en­coun­tered at­ti­tudes out of step with mod­ern times.

The first event at the Per­ry­grove Rail­way will in­clude an ex­ten­sive timetable on the 15in gauge line, with Per­ry­grove’s fe­male driv­ers of­fer­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on three steam lo­co­mo­tives.

Any­one wish­ing to at­tend or of­fer their ser­vices should con­tact me­gan.char­man62@ gmail.com or visit the Face­book page at www.face­book.com/ WomenTeach­ingWomen

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