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Chris Smith

Placement Host: Mid-Hants Railway 

Placement Venue: Eastleigh Outstation, Eastleigh Railway Works, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Placement length: 22.11.2010 – 22.11.2012

Having completed an apprenticeship as a Mechanical Fitter with BR, Chris continued to work at Eastleigh Works until the closure of the works in 2006. He continued a railway career at various locations, both in workshop and office-based positions.

Since leaving school he had volunteered on the Mid-Hants Railway working on the various restoration and maintenance projects at the Ropley Yard. When the Mid Hants offered to be a host for the IMATT scheme, Chris saw this as an opportunity to broaden his experience in the heritage sector.

Project

To run an outstation workshop and supervise a volunteer team to carry out the overhaul of steam locomotive “Cheltenham” with support and mentoring from the Mid-Hants Railway.

Loco 925 “Cheltenham” is part of the National Railway Collection.


Loco 925 during restoration

“The placement has given me time to understand and perform the processes used on the overhaul of a steam locomotive”

“I have gained a great deal of experience in managing people within a volunteer team, motivating , training and achieving targets”

“I have had the opportunity to network with other preserved railway groups and deal with the publicity surrounding a restoration project”

 

Where are they now ?

Having undertaken a number of shorterm contracts within the heritage sector, he continues to seek a fulltime position in railway preservation.