For those of you who don’t yet know me, I'm Sophie (or Soph) and I've been a Member of the railway since 2017.
After living in Cardiff at University for 3 years I then moved to Swansea to work for Amazon. I discovered the P&B railway, joined as a member, became a volunteer and was immediately made to feel welcome.
Over the last few years, I've loved getting to know a lot of volunteers although there are still many I haven't met yet. I grew up with railways living only 15 minutes from the Midland Railway at Butterley, then, when I left home for University, I realised I needed trains in my life again!
I passed my competency assessments as a locomotive cleaner, fireman and guard at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway and although I now live "Up North", near Durham, I still come down as often as I can.
I'm excited to take on the role of Competency Manager to support the railway and will ensure everyone is aware of their current competencies and that their assessments are accurate and up to date with their training and qualifications for the roles they undertake.
Meet our Volunteer
Linda, a Guard and Station Master at our railway!
My name is Linda and I have been volunteering at Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway for five years.
In this time I have trained to become both a Guard and a Station Master. The volunteers immediately made me feel welcome and happily helped me with all the necessary training.
I have made many friends at the railway, both amongst the other volunteers and our regular visitors, and it is always a pleasure to welcome new visitors from across the world to Blaenavon! Many are intrigued by our railway and its rich history, and they are always delighted to see our steam engines still running. This makes it all worthwhile for me!
Lastly, I'd love to thank all our visitors and members for supporting the work