A1 Trust offer "exciting" opportunity to join team

A1 Trust offer “exciting” opportunity to join team

In 1990, a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition – to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific. 

They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) and after eighteen years of incredible effort that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.

The A1 Trust has over 2,500 regular supporters who have all played some part, small or large, in guaranteeing that there is steam on the mainline in the 21st century.

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Tornado is now fulfilling the dream, hauling specials on the mainline and giving joy to thousands of passengers and linesiders who want to witness the legend in action. The trust now has two exciting job opportunities to join them

Senior Steam Locomotive Fitter

This critical role will lead the delivery of planned maintenance and repair work arising on new build locomotive, A1 Peppercorn Pacific 60163 Tornado and Mk I support coach No. 21249 in operation on the mainline and preserved railways. Additionally, this role will be required to undertake construction work on, and subsequently undertake planned maintenance of the second locomotive, Gresley P2 2007 Prince of Wales being constructed now by the Trust.

The successful applicant will be adept in all aspects of steam locomotive running maintenance and be able to supervise volunteers and staff working on the locomotive. Experience of mainline steam locomotive operation would be a significant advantage. The role delivers engineering activity as part of planned and scheduled maintenance as well as administration and IT skills.

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The role attracts a competitive salary (e.g £28,000) dependent on experience, with appropriate expenses and allowances

Essential Criteria

The ideal candidate must demonstrate competence (or relevant experience) of NVQ in Rail Engineering, Traction and Rolling Stock Level 3. Formal qualifications to this are level desirable but not essential.

Also, the candidate should have excellent mechanical and electrical skills, especially in motion, bearings, axle box and valve arrangements. Also, boiler work, steam / boiler fittings, pipework and valves.

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They must also have engineering fabrication, air brake systems, brazing and welding skills, as well as experience of working in a safety critical environment. They must be a team player, conscientious, reliable and hard working, with good communication skills, both in person and in writing. Good basic IT skills ( including familiarity with MS Office toolset) are essential.

Click here to see more about the opportunity to join the A1 Trust as a Senior Steam Locomotive Fitter.

Steam Locomotive Fitter

The A1 team also require a developing locomotive fitter to join our engineering team in the role of Engineering Technician.

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This critical role will assist with the delivery of planned maintenance and repair work arising on new build locomotive, A1 Peppercorn Pacific 60163 Tornado and Mk I support coach No. 21249 in operation on the mainline and preserved railways. Additionally, this role will be required to undertake construction work on, and subsequently undertake planned maintenance of the second locomotive, Gresley P2 2007 Prince of Wales being constructed now by the Trust.

The successful applicant will have developing knowledge of steam locomotive maintenance and repair. Experience of mainline steam locomotive operation would be an advantage. The role delivers engineering activity as part of planned and scheduled maintenance as well as administration and IT skills.

The role attracts a competitive salary (e.g £22,000) dependent on experience, with appropriate expenses and allowances

Essential Criteria

The ideal candidate must demonstrate competence (or relevant experience) of NVQ in Rail Engineering, Traction and Rolling Stock Level 2. Formal qualifications to this are level desirable but not essential.

Also, the candidate should have good mechanical and electrical skills, with experience of routine boiler maintenance and steam locomotive fittings.

They must have experience of working in a safety critical environment, be a team player, conscientious, reliable and hard working. Also, the candidate must have good communication skills, both in person and in writing, as well as good basic IT skills (including a familiarity with MS Office toolset).

Although both roles will be part of the team based in Darlington, where the company has dedicated workshop facilities, it is primarily focussed on the maintenance and operation of Tornado, wherever that may be from mainline depots to Heritage locations around the UK.  There will be a need for extensive travel and time away from home.

Check out more information about this opening here.

Desirable Criteria for both roles

  • Current footplate competence as a passed Driver, Fireman or Cleaner.
  • Current Sentinel Card holder or TOC PTS.
  • Willing and able to drive vehicle.

For further information, copies of the role description or to apply please contact: leigh.taylor@a1steam.com 

Applications should include a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and how your experience and skills match the demands of this position. Applicants should also include an up to date CV.

Applications must be received by July 22 2019 and interviews will be held shortly afterwards.

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