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Fancy volunteering?

Discussion in 'Heritage railways & Centres in the Uk' started by Woof, May 16, 2007.

  1. Azrall

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    The Swindon and Cricklade Railway are on a recruitment drive! The railway has many positions available for volunteers especially, Diesel Drivers, Firemen, Guards, Crossing keepers, Ground frame operators, Station masters and also canteen staff to help keep us all topped up with cups of tea! :)

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    Hello! I'm new to this forum as well as this country.

    I'm from Australia and have just arrived on my working holiday visa and once I find a job my next goal is to find a heritage railway to volunteer with. I have experience volunteering at a railway museum / heritage operation in Australia but as the heritage scene is so extensive and professional over here compared to back home I would love to get some experience working on one of the larger railways with steam as an engine cleaner. I'm 22, fit and would be able to put in at least two days a month.

    Assuming I get a job in London, I would need somewhere I could get to by public transport for presumably an overnight stay to volunteer the next day on my weekend / days off. Not knowing the UK heritage scene well I'm not familiar with which railways are actually easiest to get to and can provide overnight accommodation for early shifts etc. The Bluebell and Mid Hants look to be relatively close but other than that I'm not sure.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    Assuming you get a job in London, and you will be living in or nearby London, then the Epping and Ongar railway is on your doorstep - no need for an overnighter.
     
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    Thanks! What would some other possibilities be that are relatively close?
     
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    I'm moving further into Southern territory!

    Where would you volunteer? Im into Diesel more than anything else, I'm tossing up between the Kent & East Sussex and the East Kent Railway. I understand that the KESR is quite advanced and is a smooth running operation but the East Kent sounds like it is undergoing a bit of an improvement drive and could do with the help?

    Any one been to these places recently?
     
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    I've just been to a Volunteer info day at the Mid Hants actually. Was very well run and they were very inviting.
     
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    Did think of that one but a little bit too far to drive to from Lenham!
     
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    Is there away that volunteering can be family friendly? I'd like tongue it a go but.. as I spend large amounts of time working away I'd also like to see my family. What sort of roles are compatable with dragging your wife and 4 year old around with or do i dump them on a bench/tea room for a day? Take a TTI role and leave them on the train?
     
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    Not a lot you can do with a four year old really, I'd suspect he'd get bored just going up and down on the train all day.

    However plenty of people volunteer with their partners, in things like catering, TTIing (or one doing one, and one the other) or volunteer together in workshops. It would be quite impressive if you managed a driver/fireman combo though, as never seen that!
     
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    We have potentially three different driver / fireman combos from married couples; also driver / fireman from two sisters and driver / fireman from father / daughter.

    Tom
     
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    Plenty of opportunities
     

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