The National Traction Engine Trust

The Driver Training Weekend held over the 8th and 9th   May 2010 was judged to be a great success. People attending were asked to complete a questionnaire about their experiences on the course. A brief analysis follows.

The cost of the weekend may have put some people off but those who were present thought the cost of the course was just about right. There was satisfaction with the information packs although some of the students would have liked information in advance. Comments about the site and the facilities ranged from excellent to adequate with a request for hand washing facilities in the future.

A road run on the Saturday evening was popular with the students and one even wondered if it would be possible to include training for a G licence test. The range of engines that could be driven was judged to be good with some inconclusive views as to whether students should be able to choose which engine they would like to drive.

Finally a number of speakers gave lectures and demonstrations which were well received. The subjects were wide ranging from Boiler Construction to Washing Out and to Replacing Tubes to a Low Loader Demonstration.

The overall rating of the weekend was very positive. As to be expected there were suggestions for improvements in future courses. It was thought the safety briefing should be held on the Friday night, tea breaks should be clearly defined so everyone is ready for the next task, an additional topic giving information and guidance for the purchase of an engine and the chance to view an engine stripped down to understand how it is constructed.

The next Driving Training Course is the weekend 7thand 8thMay 2011. For further information contact

04 Nov 2010