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Are you looking for an unusual family activity holiday with older children? Or are you 11+ and want to volunteer alone when you are 14? Then Navvies is right up your railway line. As well as being a lot of fun, former Navvies have gone on to work in various departments on the railway while some have found it useful for deciding on future studies or career.
The week’s activities take place during the week leading up to the August bank holiday, starting with a safety meeting on Sunday with activities from Monday to Friday. Depending on the overall interests of the group, these will include:
• tasks assigned by the track manager – recent activities involved dredging stones from a stream so the track wouldn’t flood (and ended with a race of plastic buckets), painting pipes and bushwhacking.
• cleaning engines and carriages (early start)
• a trip up the railway to see what guarding a train involves
• a visit to at least one of the following: Control, ticket office and or block post to see how they are run
• finding out about how the shops/cafes run (optional)
• finding out what the track gang do (optional)
• a talk from the engineering workshop (optional)
• a day off
Other activities, such as a campfire, walk, kayaking or trip to the cinema, take place according to what people want to do during the week and the weather.
What you need to bring:
- Sturdy shoes or walking boots
- Old clothes or overalls
- Lunch or money (there are two cafes on the railway, where working volunteers can get discounted food and drink)
- 1 adult per two children (over 14s can volunteer alone)
NB It is not essential to be a member, but if you do decide to become part of the TR family, you get free travel on the days you don’t work.
We will provide:
- High visibility vests for track work
- Sturdy gloves (adult sizes only)
- Whatever training is needed as regards safe working on the railway.
The next dates are: Sunday 20th – Friday 25th August, 2017.
Please contact navvies [at] talyllyn [dot] co [dot] uk for more information.
If this doesn't appeal or suit, check out Talyllyn Tracksiders, which has family activities suitable for all ages and usually meets in the May (Spring Bank Holiday) and October half term weeks.