Dermot Kelly has been appointed as the voluntary Permanent Way Engineer at Crich Tramway Village. The new role has overall responsibility for managing for track infrastructure from ensuring it is safe for day to day operation through to the planning and executing of track upgrades and renewals.
Dermot is a Chartered Engineer and has spent his whole career involved in permanent way including the design, inspection, maintenance and project management. He has worked for a number of railway companies both at home and abroad and is currently working for Balfour Beatty. With much of the museum’s track having been in place since the 1960s the role is a vital one to ensure that trams can continue to operate safely.
Neil White, Engineering Manager at Crich, said: “Dermot’s role at the museum is purely voluntary. In his professional life he is a Senior Project Manager for Balfour Beatty Rail (Technologies), responsible for winning and executing specialist consultancy work on all aspects of permanent way. We are very appreciative that Dermot is prepared to bring his considerable experience and contacts to help the museum maintain and improve its track infrastructure, and we welcome him to the Tramway family”.