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Young Members Group, Navvies and Tracksiders
The Talyllyn Railway’s Young Members Group consists of all the young volunteers aged between 14 and 25 who volunteer in any way on the Talyllyn Railway. The group is separate from Talyllyn Tracksiders, which welcomes younger volunteers up to the age of 14. However, the transition between the two groups is simple as the YMG welcomes everyone, both new and returning members and is an excellent environment for young people to experience life away from home and take the most satisfaction from volunteering on the Railway.
The group was formed in 1992 with the aims of representing, supporting and organising events for young volunteers on the Railway. The group regularly organises social events on and away from the railway, including in recent years: New Year’s Eve entertainment, fundraising for charity, Go-Karting and summer day trips to different locations.
The most significant feature of the group is that it has a very supportive nature, new volunteers will find that the people teaching them the essential skills of volunteering will often be young people like themselves, having been in the same situation fairly recently. For the trainers, the experience of passing on their experience to others strengthens their knowledge and also improves their communication and skills as a trainer. The YMG has a strong presence in the Talyllyn Railway’s volunteer hostel “Llechfan” where there is a powerful social atmosphere. This also instils the responsibility for each other and helps develop life skills as well as offering a safety net for new people finding their feet in Tywyn and away from home.
The Young Members play an important role in the operation of the Talyllyn Railway; we are proud that we have been able to demonstrate our commitment through ‘YMG Days’ where the entire railway is operated by members of the group. Such events will be advertised on this website and our facebook page. Look out for further information if you are interested in seeing the contribution that young people make to the Talyllyn Railway.
Young people involved with the Talyllyn Railway benefit through what they experience there, experiences which are not taught in the classroom at school or college. Most volunteers are proud to be able to write on their CVs or UCAS applications about their involvement with the Railway, and employers and admission tutors are equally interested to read about the different experiences that strengthen and define those involved.
The YMG will always welcome new members, anyone who is interested should contact the Talyllyn Railway or ask any young person whom you see working when you come and visit us.
*The Committee members 2016-2017*
Lottie Atkinson, 19- Chairman
I’m 19 years old and I have been working on the railway since I was 14. I work in both the traffic and the loco departments as a guard and a passed cleaner. This is my fourth year on the YMG committee, we’re really putting plans into action and enjoying moving the young members group forward. In the outside world, I am training to become an aircraft engineer with Flybe and do a little bit of mountain biking when I’m not playing on the railway!
Ruth Goode, 19 - Secretary
I'm Ruth, I'm 19, and this is my third year on the committee. I currently live on wheels (sadly not of the flanged variety) so my operating roles on the railway are somewhat limited; I used to volunteer mainly in the traffic department as an assistant guard but now spend my time at Abergynolwyn Station where I have recently passed out as a Station Master or behind the control desk. Before this I was a Tracksider and I now edit the Trackside magazine - I am always looking to help Tracksiders and young volunteers to progress into the traffic and locomotive departments and the world of the YMG. Away from the railway I can be found at college in Birmingham... and planning the next trip to Tywyn!
Paul Edwards, 20 - Treasurer
I'm 20 years old and this is my first year on the YMG committee. I came to the railway on many family holidays as a child, getting involved with Tracksiders for a few years before beginning in both the traffic and loco departments when I was 16, and have now made it to the grades of PAG and passed cleaner. When not in Tywyn I am in the second year of Uni studying physics and chemistry, or at the weekend you will probably find me walking up mountains in the lake district!
Adam Davies, 20 - Social & Events/Working Parties
Hi, I’m Adam! I’m 20 and I’ve been volunteering for three years now in the traffic department, usually as a guard. This is my first time on the committee and I’m really excited about all the working and social activities we can organise – there’s always plenty to do! It should be great to spend loads of time, doing loads of stuff, as the YMG this year. Away from the railway, I study maths at university in Durham, but I’d always much rather be in Tywyn!
Morgan Price, 21 - Social & Events/Working Parties
I'm 21 years old and have been volunteering on the railway for three years. Following a 12-year absence, I managed to encourage my family back to its spiritual home on the TR! I work primarily in the loco department as a cleaner, and I hope to contribute further to other departments in the coming years! This is my first year as a part of the YMG committee and so far I am really enjoying the opportunity to organise events along with such a supportive group of peers! Outside the TR, I am a mechanical engineering student at the University of Leeds. I am currently working for Freightliner's diesel locomotive engineering department on a year in industry placement. I enjoy athletics and play guitar and bass in a band when I'm not busy playing trains!
January 2017 - Young Members Group Chairman's Report
The new year for the committee has overall been a good one. We had a working party over the new year period where we started work on refurbishing Toby the Trolley, which had a great turn out and the people who came along helped massively! So a huge thank you to the people who came to help out and the people who ran it on each day. We managed to get all the bits that needed replacing out of the trolley, and nearly everything else cleaned up and painted. The trolley was taken off its wheels so all its underneath could be cleaned up, which it was, then put back on its wheels and is now all set to go trundling off back up to Quarry Siding until our next Trolley Bash – Which you are all invited to come along and join!
Our New Years Eve party was also a success. We had food, lovingly prepared by volunteers, including the Shepard Family, and we send a huge thank you to you. Then we moved into the museum for some live music, which was enjoyed by the listeners as much as the players, so to the people who played, thank you for making the evening lovely to listen to, and to the listeners, who were lovely to play for. The rest of the evening was finished off in the usual style with a bar and disco, we hoped you enjoyed it all, and if you didn’t then tell us how we can improve. We are young members and we are learning our way!
This year coming up is the Young Members Group’s 25th birthday, and we are determined to make this year a good one, and there may be a couple of celebrations, so keep an eye out for those. We would also like to invite anyone who would like to come to our open meeting, this will be held in the Easter Holiday on April the 15th, but we have yet to confirm the time and the place and we will get that information out as soon as we can.
Again I’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us over this past year and the people who are helping us through this new year, we are incredibly grateful.
If anyone does have anything they want to ask, to say or to just get in touch, we would love to hear from you and you can get in touch using the YMG email.
Lottie Atkinson, Chairman.
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Last updated - 22/01/2017