The Midland Railway Trust has appointed a new full time Locomotive Engineer.
Gareth Winter aged 49 joins the small team of full time staff at the heritage railway and will be based in the railways’ workshops at Swanwick Junction.
Gareth, from Nottingham, brings a wealth of experience to the job having been involved in the heritage railway movement as both a volunteer and full time staff since 1989.
The important task facing Gareth is the restoration back to working order of London, Midland and Scottish Railway 0-6-0 3F tank locomotive number 47357. This locomotive has been a mainstay of the railways services for many years but is now receiving a complete overhaul that should see it give many more years’ service. In addition work is continuing on the long term restoration of sister locomotive 47445, a locomotive that has not been steamed in preservation.
Gareth is very keen to see these two machines restored to working order and would like to hear from anyone that would like to help by joining the volunteer team that are working on their restoration. “If anyone would like to get involved please get in touch with me at the Midland Railway – Butterley so that we can see how you can help. You do not need experience just the determination to help restore these magnificent locomotives. Let’s get on with the bringing them back to steam.”
Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said “Gareth Winter has a tremendous challenge in front of him to complete the restoration of these two locomotives. With his experience and ability I am sure that it will not be long before we will see these locomotives back at work.”