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Interviews with the Bressingham Team

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As a registered charity Bressingham relies on the hard work of both full time members of staff and the help and support of part time volunteers (Get in touch If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer!)

Members of our team come from all walks of life so make great interviewee’s for our blog.  We’ve been through the archive and collected some of our favourite interviews with our Engineering staff and volunteers!

Speaking to the Chief!

Our Chief Mechanical Engineer Philip Gray first visited Bressingham in 1968 as a School boy.  He was set to work cleaning an engine by Alan Bloom himself (Bressingham’s founder) which was the start of his journey to eventually becoming our Chief Mechanical Engineer!

Over a series of interviews Philip shared just some of his knowledge about restoring locomotives and Preparing the locomotives to go out on the tracks.

We caught up with Philip to find out what Autumn preparations happen in the Bressingham workshop and whether he’s expecting leaves on the line to become a problem during this season of change!

Passing locomotive drivers test

Another one of our team with fond childhood memories of Bressingham is volunteer Train driver Daniel Woods who in his post, A view from the footplate, shares his experience working his way up to becoming a Driver!

Daniel’s quest to become a steam engine driver started when he was 7 or 8 yrs old and he wrote a letter to Alan Bloom. Needless to say, Alan replied and the rest is history!

Being a Steam Locomotive Driver

To round off this collection of interviews we could leave out our 2016 interview with long-term volunteer John Riley.

At the time John had been with us at Bressingham for about 15 years and had driven almost all of the steam powered machinery.  He also spent a lot of time assisting the chief engineer Phillip Gray with routine maintenance of the engines and training new volunteers.

He shares step-by-step details on what it takes to get a locomotive ready to ride and whether or not drivers get to enjoy the scenery as they go along!

Do you have any Volunteering related questions or comments?

Do you have any experiences, comments or questions about volunteering or would like to become part of our team?

Is there anything you think we should have mentioned?

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By Stuart Paterson at 17 Apr 2022, 00:00 AM