The National Traction Engine Trust

Held over the weekend of May 9th & 10th the 2015 National Traction Engine Trust 'Driving Experience Course' still has a couple of spaces available.

The NTET Driving Course is a three year course giving participants the opportunity to gain an insight to the theoretical and practical aspects of the operation, maintenance and road control of steam traction engines learn and gain experience in  driving off the highway.

It consists of two days which are split between lectures and practical experience. Listed below are an example of the syllabus:

Year 1 – Foundation

Day 1
Introduction to Traction Engines - Boiler construction and Fittings - Motion work drive train and brakes - lubrication and gland packing - drive an engine - clean the engine.

Day 2
Light up and steer/drive an engine - engine insurance - engine maintenance - clean engines and help load up.

Year 2 – Intermediate

Day 1
Light up and drive engine - repacking glands and ring bush renewal - Gauge frames and gauge glasses - Safety valves, cocks and clacks - clean the engine

Day 2
Washing out and preparation for inspection - low loading demonstration - water pumps and mechanical lubricators - boiler management and combustion - drive an engine - clean engines and help load up.

Year 3 - Advanced

Day 1
Light up and drive engine - steering chains and maintenance - replacing tubes and stays - injectors, hydraulic testing and valve timing - clean the engine.

Day 2
Shafts, bearings, axles and wheel bushes – engine insurance - low loader demonstration – boiler management and combustion – drive an engine – clean engines and help load up.

THE 2015 DRIVER TRAINING COURSES WILL BE HELD AT ASTWOOD BANK NEAR REDDITCH ON SATURDAY 9th AND SUNDAY 10th MAY - Only a few places remaining.

£230 for the two days (NTET members) - reduced cost for SAC members

DISCOUNT If you pay for 2 or more years at the same time.

For more details contact Joe Black via training@ntet.co.uk

Posted by: Matt S (11/03/15)

22 Mar 2015