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Riveting & Boilerwork

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The BESTT Training Plan

BESTT wants to ensure that the activity of heritage and locomotive boiler making, maintenance and repair is supplied with the skills and standards it requires for safe and sustainable steam operations into the future. There are over 200 heritage centres in the UK where steam operations are an important feature and around 6,000 working or restorable boilers on railway locomotives, traction engines and road vehicles, ships and stationary engines and this programme is intended to help maintain steam operations into the future.

There are good prospects for work if you train as a boilersmith.

Many experienced boilersmiths are retiring and new people are needed to take their place.

Currently BESTT is offering short courses on riveting and other modules in the training plan.

In the future we may also be able to offer full time training again.

For more details please email

Photo - (From left to right, Lady McAlpine (Patron), Gordon Newton (BESTT Chairman), Tilman Shaw, Jennifer Hayton, Martyn Gathercole, Chay McLean, Dan Dickson, Ben Sharred

Photo (Martin Wadeson)

BESTT trainees receiving their Certificates at the AGM in York. 2020


Interview with BESTT trainers and trainees

BESTT visits The P2 Steam Locomotive Company

BESTT interviewed Daniela Filová.
Assistant Mechanical Engineer at The P2 Locomotive Company in Darlington where the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 "Prince of Wales" Locomotive is currently being built.
She talked about her exciting job using some of the latest engineering techniques helping to build the new P2 and how heritage engineering can be a highly satisfying career also for women.

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BESTT interviewed Daniela Filová.Assistant Mechanical Engineer at The P2 Locomotive Company in Darlington