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Talyllyn Tracksiders is the name for the railway's family volunteer working groups. Working visits are organised 2 or 3 times a year, for up to a week each
time, including the Spring Bank Holiday / May and October half term weeks, when up to 30 youngsters and their parents come.
For more information contact: Ian Evans at ian [at] ficrevans [dot] wanadoo [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Tracksiders%20Query%20from%20TR%20website) .
Tracksiders is open to all junior members with their parent(s) supervising.
Tracksiders work in supervised groups on projects such as painting, fencing, clearing undergrowth, restoring slate fencing, building footpaths, relaying sidings, and many, many other jobs. We have done work at stations, on the line side, and in the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.
However, we are not involved in the operating of trains and Pendre workshops and loco sheds are effectively out of bounds. We have however held 'hands on' training events at the Downs School Light Railway and at the North Ings Museum.
A key focus of Talyllyn Tracksiders is that it is arranged for family participation. Of course it picks up the under 14s who are not allowed to work on the trains, although we do not set any specific age limits. It is not a creche. This arrangement also provides a pool of supervisors, although we do not necessarily insist that children work with their own parents! The formula also includes an annual putting competition; picnics; barbeques, beach parties etc. The aim is to have fun, learn new skills and make friends.
Many TRPS members have life-long friends from their earliest days on the railway, and we provide the same opportunity for the next generation.
Dates for Tracksiders working groups
Sunday 29th May to Saturday 4th June 2016 inclusive
Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th August 2016 with Young Members Day
Wednesday 26th October to Saturday 29th October 2016 inclusive
You can download the latest copy of our newsletter 'Trackside' using the link at the bottom of the page.