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Mechanical overhaul of steam engines
The Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust (BESTT), which represents all steam sectors, is dedicated to providing a training programme to address the shortage of skilled craftsmen who can repair and maintain heritage steam boilers and carry out mechanical overhaul of steam engines.
BESTT is launching a new programme of National Lottery funded 12 month traineeships on steam engine mechanical overhaul……see here for more details.
Steam heritage is one of Britain’s glories and working steam locomotive boilers are a key part of the very successful and very important heritage tourism industry.
There are over 200 heritage centres in the UK and around 6000 working or restorable boilers on railway locomotives, traction engines and road vehicles, ships and stationary engines.
BESTT is a partnership of steam heritage organisations representing railways, ships and traction engines and is developing a range of training courses on boiler repair (based on demand), maintenance and the mechanical overhaul of steam engines.
Over a 2 year period BESTT has successfully trained 17 people based on the BESTT Boilersmith Training Plan sponsored by the HLF.
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