As a result of an initiative on which the West Somerset Railway Association has been working for some time with Network Rail, 12 NR staff from Swindon and Birmingham came to work on the West Somerset Railway today (Monday 2nd March), assisting with the winter works programme.
One group worked to lay out sleepers on the track relay at Alcombe and the other group moved and filled Gabion baskets as part of ground stabilisation works in Washford cutting. Network Rail staff can be paid to volunteer for charities for 5 working days a year.
WSRA Trustee Robin Moira White said: ‘We are delighted with the first steps in this collaboration with Network Rail. We hope this can grow significantly in future years. We would be pleased to welcome NR staff from all over the U.K. We are particularly grateful to the NR Western Route Director and local Asset Manager Matt Redstone for help to get this off the ground.’
The work carried out by NR staff is worth several thousand pounds which adds to the £187,149 invested in the railway this winter by the WSRA.
Photos (Credit WSRA)
(1) NR staff place new sleepers under the watchful eye of WSR Infrastructure Manager Andrew Young.
(2) NR staff loading a track trolley with stone to fill ground stabilisation Gabion baskets shown in the foreground.
Robin White, WSRA Trustee