Presentation by Young Working Members

Two of our younger members are also members of the Wakefield Railway Modellers Society (WRMS). Locomotive Department volunteer, Matthew Robinson and stations volunteer, 14 years old, Oliver Morgan are both to be seen on the Railway on a regular basis and regular posters on Facebook and contributors to this news site. On the 12th  may both Matthew and Oliver made illustrated presentations to the WRMS members. Here is the transcript of WRMS’s post on Facebook.

“The first was given by Matthew Robinson who is in the third year of an electrical engineering degree course at Sheffield University. He explained that his third year project was to design an electro-magnetic device to operate equipment related to railway tracks that, at the present time, is operated mechanically. The particular piece of equipment is the flange lubricator and he explained the various stages of the design process and how he hoped to get it manufactured. He also mentioned that, as a volunteer on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, he had been offered testing facilities using full-size track and trains. As a result of his studies at university and his interest in railways Matthew has been offered a post with Porterbrook Leasing Company which operates and leases railway rolling stock.”

“The second presentation was given by 14 years old Oliver Morgan who told the meeting about the idea that he had come up with to raise funds for the Autistic Society. Oliver is also a volunteer at the K&WVR and, after speaking to various people at the railway he got agreement that, if a cast metal locomotive headboard was manufactured, he would be allowed to mount it on the front of engines at the railway. One of the people that he spoke to offered to pay for its manufacture and, eventually, the headboard with the legend ‘The Aspergers Flyer’ cast on it was delivered to Oliver. The headboard has been seen on locomotives at other railways and even on one of the streamlined visitors from North America that have been on display at the National Railway Museum in York. This year there will be 21 events at heritage railways where the headboard will appear on different locomotives. The Kirklees Light Railway at Clayton West will be having a special weekend on May 24/25 in aid of Asperger sufferers and the headboard will be seen throughout the weekend.”

“Anyone wishing for more information can look at: Asperger’s Fundraiser on Facebook or @aspergersfundraiser on Twitter.”

“These were two excellent talks by younger members of the Society who had both put a lot of effort into their particular subjects.”

Well done to Matthew and Oliver

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