The National Traction Engine Trust

Bestt is pleased to announce that it has appointed Richard Gibbon (Formerly Head of Engineering at National Railway Museum and Tony Simons, formerly Engineering Team Leader, York College) to help develop its national boiler training project (which has initial support) for submission to HLF for Round 2 funding later this year.

The BESTT website will be updated to give details on progress - see

In particular work is now being taken forward on a syllabus for training and in establishing possible training placements at boilershops. 

A technical seminar will be held in York on 8th November at 10.30 (venue to be confirmed on the BESTT website but will be central York within walking distance of the station) and BESTT would welcome attendance and input from all sections of the steam heritage sector with an interest in training for the future and maintaining boiler skills.  At the seminar BESTT will outline its proposed approach to the training syllabus and the award of the proposed BESTT certificate. This will encompass 14 (16) units based on the HRA Boiler Skills Guidance Notes - see:  These will provide a means for assessing competence in the units. The technical seminar will outline the syllabus, the proposed content and assessment methods and those  attending will have the opportunity to influence the final specification which will become the BESTT certificate.  It is envisaged that a tracking system will enable a skills competence record for each trainee to be completed and thus provide evidence of competence.

To register your wish to attend please contact:

15 Oct 2013