Volunteer

Volunteer Vacancies - July 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE:  THE NATURE OF OUR RAILWAY OPERATIONS MEANS THAT IT IS RARELY POSSIBLE TO OFFER SHORT FIXED-TERM VOLUNTARY POSTS. THE MAJORITY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS COMMIT TO A LONG-TERM REGULAR WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND ROLE WHICH ENABLES US TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND SUPERVISION. REGRETTABLY AT PRESENT IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACCOMMODATE OFFERS OF SHORT TERM WORK (Eg, ONE WEEK OR MONTH).

The Great Central Railway has a Volunteer Support Team which can be contacted by email at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853. If you would like to come into Lovatt House to speak with a member of the team please telephone in advance to make an appointment - the office is usually open on weekdays but at weekends prior notice is essential. The team can make enquiries on your behalf to check for current vacancies. Alternatively, if you are interested in working on the platform (including the platform tearooms) at one of our four stations please feel free to speak direct to the local station master or his deputy.

Please be aware that the vacancy list below lists roles which are guaranteed to be available - the list is updated monthly. If you are interested in a role that is not listed we would still like to hear from you but it may be necessary to add your name to a waiting list. For example there are currently no vacancies for travelling ticket inspectors. If the role of your choice is not currently available we would encourage you to consider an alternative role until a vacancy arises.

We do receive a lot of requests to come and help with restoration and maintenance of our fleet of steam locomotives but currently we are only able to accommodate candidates who have a reasonable level of mechanical engineering experience.

 

Station Porters and Booking Clerks – Loughborough, Quorn, Rothley and Leicester North Stations

A number of vacancies exist at Loughborough, Quorn, Rothley and Leicester North stations for porter staff and booking clerks – staff are required at weekends and /or to cover mid-week trains. The requirement for additional staff is particularly acute at Loughborough and Leicester North stations at the moment.

Platform porters are often the first members of the railway staff that passengers get into conversation with when they visit the GCR. Porters therefore need to be confident in dealing with members of the public and are also responsible, along with more senior platform staff, for ensuring the safety of our visitors. Responsibilities also include keeping the platform and facilities neat and tidy and helping passengers on and off trains. This is a uniformed and disciplined role and training will be provided in bringing on board new trainees. Thereafter there is a structured line of progression up to more senior roles on the platform.

Booking clerks attend the station ticket windows and provide timetable information to passengers in addition to selling tickets.

Both of these roles are uniformed and disciplined in nature and training will be provided in bringing on board new trainees. Thereafter there is a structured line of progression up to more senior roles at the stations and this makes these roles attractive and popular.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: Starting as a trainee porter or booking clerk is an excellent first step into railway service. Working conditions and facilities at our stations are excellent. A warm welcome awaits those with the personality and aptitude to take on these interesting and varied roles with great promotion prospects. Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or the Station Master on duty if you are visiting one of the stations.

 

Carriage Cleaning and Washing at Loughborough Station

A team of volunteers is being assembled to assist with the internal cleaning of the GCR’s passenger carriages. The well-kempt and attractive appearance of the carriage interiors is what we want our passengers to be greeted with when they first set foot on our trains and to help make this a reality we need additional help. Cleaning is routinely carried out on Mondays when a rake of carriages is berthed at platform 1 at Loughborough station for this purpose. Volunteers taking on this straightforward but important role will receive full training and can expect to enjoy the job-satisfaction to be gained from seeing that our vintage coaches are displayed in the best possible condition.

The external surfaces of the carriage (including the windows) are usually given a wash on Tuesdays and, again, there are opportunities to lend a hand with this part of the process in ensuring that the GCR carriage fleet is turned out for our passengers in fine form.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  These two important roles lend themselves to small teams of volunteers working together. There’s plenty of opportunities to make friends, have regular tea breaks and work under cover. Perfect working conditions!  Please get in touch with and member of the volunteer support team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or on 01509 633853 for further details.

 

Platform Tea-room Staff – Rothley and Quorn Stations

Both these stations offer refreshment facilities on the platform (the tearoom at Rothley, under-stairs NAAFI at Quorn) and are staffed by small groups of volunteers. The refreshment rooms are open at weekends whenever a train service is running. There is no need to commit to working every weekend but by adding additional volunteers to the pool available this makes it easier to fill gaps in the roster.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: If you have ever visited either of these refreshment rooms you’ll know the wonderful period atmosphere they exude. If you enjoy meeting people, and being part of a small dedicated team, then this could be the job for you. I daresay the occasional cup of tea or coffee is a welcome perk! Please speak with the local station staff if you are interested.

 

Main Line Museum – The GCR’s New Museum in partnership with the National Railway Museum – Current Opportunities To Become Involved

Although it will be a few years yet before the museum is open for business preparatory work is already in progress. The museum will not only display locomotives, rolling stock and railway artefacts but will also seek to tell the story of how the coming of the railways to Leicester in the 19th century affected the lives of Leicester’s citizens and what it was like to actually work on the GCR and other railways in the 20th century.

  1. Oral Histories Recording / Transcription

One of our volunteers, John Swanwick, has already started work to help fulfil the above objectives by recording interviews with retired railwaymen. John is now looking for assistance with carrying out further interviews and transcribing these digital recordings into Word documents. Interviews have to be made to a high quality (suitable for a national archive) and will be stored at the East Midlands Oral History archive, part of the University of Leicester. A high quality digital recorder will be used and a summary abstract made of the contents of the interview. At a later date transcripts will be made of the interviews. Interviews typically last 60-90 minutes and are conducted in a quiet place where the interviewee will also feel relaxed. Taking into account preparation time and summarising and transferring data after the interview, each interview might result in about 3 – 4 hours’ time overall.

Can you, or a friend, or family member help with this fascinating and rewarding task? Alternatively do you know any ex-railwayman who have interesting stories to tell – please let us know.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  One of the attractions of the oral history / transcription role is that much of the work can be carried out from the comfort of your own home! Full training will be given and you can fit the work around your own commitments. Having already heard some of the stories contained in these recordings I can vouch for the fact that you too will hear some fascinating tales.  Please get in touch with the volunteer support team  at museum@gcrailway.co.uk for further details – a full role description and guidance note is available on request.

 

 2. Museum Object Reviewer

To work as part of the GC Main Line Museum content team between Nov 2016 and April 2017,

  • Assisting with reviewing objects identified for potential inclusion in the project
  • Researching/ locating supporting information and images
  • Ensuring work is documented and recorded appropriately
  • Take part in meetings to review objects for long and short lists for museum
  • Assess and review objects according to Assessing Significance template
  • Research sources that will provide required contextual information to support potential use of objects in the project
  • Travelling to off-site locations to research and record information (travel expenses available)
  • Compiling and presenting information in a common, prescribed format, copying suitable material and identifying visuals for potential inclusion

 Required Skills, Qualifications, Attributes

  • Attention to detail
  • Good language skills
  • Ability to identify key facts and supporting information
  • Ability to cope with repetitive routine desk-based and internet/ database-related activity
  • Ability to summarise and reference information
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of MS office software and key board skills
  • Enthusiasm and interest in Britain’s railways, GC Railway, its predecessors/ successors, associated geographical locations, and overseas connections
  • Understanding of railway terminology
  • Understanding of general British social and economic history in 19th and 20th centuries
  • Teamwork and communication skills

 

  1. Museum Theme Researcher

To work as part of the GC Main Line Museum content team between Nov 2016 and April 2017,

  • Assisting with assessing themes identified for the project
  • Researching/ locating supporting information and images
  • Ensuring work is documented and recorded appropriately
  • Take part in meetings to review themes and discuss source information
  • Take one or more of the agreed themes and research sources that will provide required information, images and other potential visual material for the project
  • Travelling to off-site locations to research and record information (travel expenses available)
  • Compiling and presenting information in a common, prescribed format, copying suitable material and identifying visuals for potential inclusion

 

Required Skills, Qualifications, Attributes

  • Attention to detail
  • Good language skills
  • Ability to identify key facts and supporting information
  • Ability to cope with repetitive routine desk-based and internet/ database-related activity
  • Ability to summarise and reference information
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of MS office software and key board skills
  • Enthusiasm and interest in Britain’s railways, GC Railway, its predecessors/ successors, associated geographical locations, and overseas connections
  • Understanding of railway terminology
  • Understanding of general British social and economic history in 19th and 20th centuries
  • Teamwork and communication skills

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  These two roles are the first to be hosted by our newly appointed Main Line museum head curator Roger Shelley.  Please get in touch with the volunteer support team at museum@gcrailway.co.uk or Roger Shelley (also based at Lovatt House for further details).

 

Loughborough Station Museum    (working in liaison with Main Line Museum).

 Two vacancies:

 

  1. Volunteer role name: Museum Assistant (Object Recording)

Location:                             Locations across the GCR

Role summary:    

To identify and record objects of historical significance at the stations and other locations throughout the GCR, producing a written description on a standard form and appropriate photographic images of each item, in preparation for entering the details on the MODES collection management system.  The aim is to expand the current museum database to include other areas of activity across the GCR.

Main activities:  

  • Identifying objects of historical significance
  • Measuring and describing objects to produce a detailed and accurate record on a standard form
  • Photographing objects to produce images of high quality for identification purposes
  • Organising a schedule of work and keeping records of work done and areas covered
  • Liaison with department managers and others as necessary to achieve the objectives of the role
  • The role could also include entering object records on the MODES collection management system, for which training would be given.

 Essential Qualities / Skills

  • Able to organise own work schedule and keep records of work done
  • Able to work accurately and consistently
  • Good standard of literacy necessary to produce detailed written descriptions
  • Interpersonal skills necessary for liaison with department managers, other team members and others
  • Able to move, handle and measure objects as necessary to achieve the objectives of the role
  • Photography skills

 Essential Knowledge / Experience

  • Good understanding and appreciation of the heritage railway, historical railway objects and railway terminology

Line Manager

  • Museum Curator, Loughborough Central Station

 

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  1. Volunteer role name: Museum Assistant (Collections Care)

Location:                             Museum, Loughborough Central Station

Role summary:    

To review and re-organise the museum’s reserve collection in order to improve the care of objects and achieve more efficient storage and retrieval of items

Main activities:  

  • Reviewing the museum’s reserve collection of objects
  • Ensuring that objects are correctly marked, labelled and packaged
  • Recording the condition of objects and noting objects in need of conservation
  • Devising a logical and efficient scheme of storage for the collection
  • Rationalising storage of the collection according to the new scheme
  • Recording changes of location of objects
  • The role could also include amending object records on the MODES collection management system, for which training would be given.

Essential Qualities / Skills

  • Able to organise own work schedule and organise a scheme of storage
  • Able to work accurately, logically and consistently
  • Good record keeping skills
  • Interpersonal skills necessary for liaison with other museum team members
  • Good written communication skills
  • Able to lift and move boxes of objects
  • Manual dexterity to move, handle, mark, label and package objects as necessary to achieve the objectives of the role

Essential Knowledge / Experience

  • Good understanding and appreciation of the heritage railway, historical railway objects and railway terminology

Desirable Knowledge / Experience

  • Knowledge of museum marking, labelling, packaging and related procedures (training will be given if needed)

Preferred Hours of work

  • One day per week, normally Wednesdays, or by arrangement

Line Manager

  • Museum Curator, Loughborough Central Station (currently Stephen Shaw)

 Please contact the volunteer support team at museum@gcrailway.co.uk  or Tel. 01509 633853 / 01509 633851 for further details.

 

Attending Promotional / Fundraising Events with Friends of Great Central Main Line Team

A team of volunteers from The Friends of Great Central Railway (the GCR’s supporting membership organisation) frequently attend special events and model railway exhibitions to promote membership and raise funds for specific projects – for example “Bridging the Gap” and “Main Line Museum”.

The FoGCML team travels to various events, usually in the Midlands area, taking with them an impressive display stand, Audio/Visual facilities, a scale model of “The Bridge” and a supply of promotional leaflets to hand out. The team also attends special events on home territory here at the GCR.

Anyone with a large car or small van prepared to assist with the setting up and return to Lovatt House of the publicity stand and associated supplies will be especially welcomed!

This role is ideal for anyone who enjoys engaging members of the public in conversation about our railway in a positive but not over-technical manner. Most, but not all, of the events attended are at weekends.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: Speaking from experience this is a really enjoyable role if you have the “gift of the gab” and hours of fun are to be had convincing visitors to the display stand that the GCR really is the best railway in the land. Another great perk is that you get free access to a wide variety of exhibitions and gala events. Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk  or Mike Bancroft (mike551@btinternet.com) for details.

 

Station Cafes – Butler Henderson (Quorn), Ellis’s (Rothley) and The Platform Café (Leicester North).

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help at our three station cafés. Opportunities at all three venues are available throughout the week and at weekends. No experience is needed as full training will be provided. Minimum age is 16.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  This is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. Food preparation will not be part of your duties initially but opportunities to expand your role may present themselves later for the right candidates. Please contact the volunteer support team  at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk  or Tel. 01509 633853 / 01509 633851

 

Booking Office Staff – Loughborough Station

The Booking Office is often the first point of contact between members of the public and the railway. Callers by phone and in person are provided with information about the railway’s train services, dining car bookings, train driving experiences and a whole host of other general enquiries. At the ticket windows the booking clerks sell travel tickets and also provide timetable information to passengers.

The Booking Office is open 7 days a week but at present additional staff are particularly needed for Saturdays and Sundays. Basic PC literacy is essential, as are good communication skills and a flair for dealing with people. Cash handling experience would be an advantage. There is rarely a dull moment in the Booking Office and volunteers can expect to be busy with a wide variety of enjoyable and stimulating tasks.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:   Join the friendly booking office team and be at the heart of the Great Central Railway. Enjoy the tea and banter and be prepared to tell the occasional passenger at the ticket window that “no, I’m sorry, I can’t sell you a ticket to St Pancras”. It does happen!

Please contact the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk

 

Stewards for Railwayana Swap Meets at Quorn Station - dates in 2017.

For anyone interested in items of railway memorabilia (railwayana) – whether locomotive nameplates, lamps, signalling equipment, silverware, enamel signs, buttons, badges, books, photographs or postcards the Great Central Railway’s famous Swap Meet at Quorn & Woodhouse station is the place to be. It’s one of the longest standing events of its kind in the country!

We are looking for stewards for the three events scheduled for 2017 (12th March, 25th June and 10th September) to help sell admission tickets at the gate and to direct traders and visitors to their allocated parking points. Help is required from the hours of 7.30 am until 12.00 noon.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  If you’ve ever attended one of these events you’ll already be aware of the fascinating range of railway related items that are on display for sale. By volunteering to assist with the stewarding of the event you will be at the heart of the action and not only will your contribution to the success of the event be very much appreciated but you’ll also stand a good chance of picking up a bargain yourself.   Please contact the volunteer support team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk for further details.

 

Emporium, Loughborough Station

The dictionary definition of Emporium is “a large retail shop or store”. Well our Emporium at Loughborough is different! It’s a small but perfectly formed Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved books, magazines, DVDs and railway artefacts, all donated to be sold to raise funds for the GCR. Staffed exclusively by a friendly group of volunteers the Emporium is open for business pretty much whenever trains are running.  Additional volunteers are always welcome to help staff the Emporium when it is open and / or to assist with stocktaking at other times. There will also shortly be a need for help at management level – please see the article on page 25 of Issue 165 of Main Line magazine for further details.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: The Emporium is situated on the main platform at Loughborough so it’s a great place to be amongst the hustle and bustle of arriving and departing trains. Virtually all visitors are minded to buy or donate something and having an enjoyable chat is all part of the experience. Please call in at the Emporium to find out more about the opportunities to work as a volunteer there or contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk  (tel. 01509 633853).

 

The Mountsorrel Branchline Railway – Assistance Required In All Departments

Please see the Mountsorrel Branch Project's dedicated website at:-

Heritage Centre Time-lapse

The content of the website will provide you with information and inspiration to get involved!

Please contact Steve on 07982 059743 or email:  smcavalon@yahoo.co.uk

 

Diesel Multiple Unit – Engine & General Maintenance

It may come as a surprise to you but a number of the GCR’s diesel multiple units are older than some of the steam locomotives operated on the railway! It will probably therefore not come as a surprise that these venerable units require regular ongoing maintenance to keep them in operational condition.

We currently have vacancies for people with mechanical or fitting experience to assist in routine maintenance and additional members of the volunteer team to assist with fault finding and rectification work, particularly in respect of the engines, to keep the units in operational service.

The DMUs see most use at weekends so availability to attend the railway on Saturdays and/or Sundays would be useful but access to carry out remedial work is usually also available on weekdays.

For further details please email Bruce Pollard at  bruce.k.pollard@gmail.com

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: This vacancy would suit someone with experience in maintaining diesel bus or truck engines in addition to anyone with experience of working on first generation DMUs on the main rail network. There is a great team spirit amongst the existing team who restore and look after the DMU fleet and you can be assured of a warm welcome if you are able to help.

 

“Windcutter” Wagon Restoration and Maintenance – Rothley

The GCR’s unique and much admired collection of “Windcutter” 16Ton mineral wagons is maintained by John Brooks and a small team of volunteers at a site to the rear of the Rothley carriage works. There are over 30 wagons in the collection, some serviceable and some under repair. The maintenance team usually meet on a Monday but there is also some scope for work at weekends. There is an urgent need for more members to join the team to assist, primarily, with brake and bodywork repairs. People with welding / fabrication skills are particularly welcome but there is plenty of scope for those with basic handiwork experience to learn new skills and there are always painting jobs to do.

Volunteer co-ordinator’s comment: This is an opportunity to join a small team working on vehicles which have iconic status in the eyes of visitors to the GCR. You’ll need to be reasonably fit and can expect to get a bit grubby at times but there is covered accommodation for those dull days and plenty to do outside on warm sunny days. Seeing a shiny “new” wagon emerge from a previously unloved, careworn, wagon is a reward that money can’t buy. If you’d like to know more please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk  or visit Rothley to track down a member of the team for a chat.

 

Steam Locomotive Operations – Cleaners > Firemen > Drivers

For budding footplate crews there is a set procedure that trainees are required to follow. While the progression from cleaner through fireman to becoming a driver may seem long and tortuous it should be borne in mind that a driver of a train is responsible for the safety of hundreds of passengers and visitors and must therefore be an accomplished professional. Applicants will require good health and eyesight (including colour vision) and will start as a cleaner whose responsibilities include not only keeping the locomotives clean (which includes internal cleaning of fireboxes and smokeboxes) but also general yard duties such as barrowing out the ashpits, breaking pallets to provide kindling wood and general maintenance of the yard facilities.

Having completed a minimum of 50 turns as a cleaner and gained an understanding about the working parts of steam locomotives, cleaners of suitable ability can apply to train as a fireman. Formal training to qualify as a shunter is the first step, followed by classroom and practical tuition in all aspects of managing a locomotive’s fire and boiler. The training also includes intensive tuition on signalling, safety procedures and the requisite rules and regulations and is followed by both written and practical examinations. It is normal for a competent trainee to serve for at least two years, often longer, before being promoted from cleaner to fireman.

After completing a significant number of firing turns (a process which may take several years) firemen can apply to take the next step in training and exams to be promoted to “passed fireman” with a further pre-determined number of driving turns before being examined for possible promotion to driver.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: From the above description you can see that this is quite a challenging role (and no mention has yet been made of the early morning starts that are often required!). However the role is of course immensely satisfying for men and women of the right character and temperament. Trial days as a trainee loco cleaner are available but must be arranged in advance – please do not turn up at the loco-shed un-announced. You will need to provide your own safety boots, overalls and gloves. Please contact the volunteer support team for further details.

 

Lineside Clearance / Station Maintenance Teams

With over eight miles of track between Leicester North and Loughborough comes over 16 miles of lineside vegetation and fences to be maintained together with the environs of four stations. The GCR employs a professional PW team who look after the track and track-bed but volunteer assistance is always required to assist with cutting-back, fence repairs, weed removal and other ancillary tasks.

Several volunteer teams already exist including Wednesday and Sunday lineside teams. Each of the stations also has its’ own group of volunteers who help maintain the platforms, gardens and buildings and it is hoped that it may be possible to extend the maintenance areas to cover the lineside within section limits. Additional volunteers are always welcome to strengthen and expand the existing teams.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: Clearly a role for folk who enjoy the outdoor life and have a degree of physical fitness. This is a job that will suit those who can spare time at weekends and / or midweek and will provide great satisfaction to those of us who like to see the lineside looking neat and tidy. A great opportunity to join a team doing a vital and visible job for the railway and much cheaper than joining a gym! Please contact Rik Butler in the Volunteer Support Team, at Lovatt House concerning this vacancy. Email:  volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk 

 

Carriage & Wagon Dept – Coach Maintenance / Restoration – (Based at Rothley).

The Carriage and Wagon Department is based at Rothley (with some bogie work being undertaken at Loughborough). The GCR’s extensive fleet of operational carriages are restored and maintained at the purpose built carriage works adjacent to Rothley station. Volunteers are always required in this busy department to supplement the small number of employed staff.

The team is often at its largest on weekdays which makes it easier for new volunteers be trained under supervision. Numbers are smaller at weekends but there are always jobs that can be found for new-comers. Volunteers with experience in plumbing, upholstery, wiring, welding and wood working are particularly welcome.

There is also a need for experienced painting staff who are familiar with the challenges of painting coachwork to a high standard of finish. Some experience with panel beating would also be an advantage. A purpose built paint-shop at our Rothley carriage shed ensures a good working environment.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: These vacancies do require some experience on behalf of the applicant but if you have that experience you will already know the immense satisfaction that can be derived from “a job well done” when that railway carriage rolls out of the paint shop. My recommendation if you are interested in this job is to visit the carriage shed, adjacent to the car park at Rothley station, and make yourself known and the reason for your visit – Chris Lang and his team will be delighted to speak with you and show you around. Alternatively please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk

 

Presenter – Attending Society / Club Meetings On Behalf Of Great Central Railway

The Railway is occasionally asked to provide a presenter to speak about “what we do” at the GCR. The requests come from a wide variety of groups including Round Table, U3A, Railway Societies, Lunch Clubs, Model Railway Clubs and Community Associations. The group sizes vary from 10 to 100. The GCR can supply a video projector as illustrated talks are often preferred. There are a number of people at the GCR who already fulfil this role so coaching and joint presentations are envisaged to help a new volunteer settle into the role and join the pool of available speakers.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  Perhaps you are someone already experienced at public speaking, or possibly this is a skill you are seeking to develop, either way this is an ideal opportunity to talk about a subject that is close to your heart. You’ll need to be knowledgeable about the GCR and have your own transport to visit sites around Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire that are not accessible via public transport. Please contact the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk for further details.

 

Small Works Team

Brian Screaton and Tom Chaplin form the GCR’s small works team and get involved in numerous small building and repair jobs as well as supervising larger projects around the railway, for which they have picked up several awards. The team are always keen to speak to anyone with building, carpentry, brick-laying, plumbing or electrical skills who is prepared to join them or just help out from time to time on specific projects.

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment:  This is a great opportunity for a small number of additional helpers to make a big difference!  Please contact the volunteer support team for further details.  Email:   volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk

 

Special Events Volunteers (including the annual Santa train season!)

In addition to running regular steam train services the whole year round the Great Central Railway is renowned for the great quality, variety and frequency of the special events staged each year. These events make a vital contribution to the life of our railway. Our website shows the full listing of events but they include the 1940’s Wartime Weekend, the Model Event, Teddy Bear Expresses, Beer Festivals, Peppa Pig, Enthusiast Galas, Vintage Vehicles, Bonfire Night and Santa Specials. Something for everyone!

As you can probably imagine the staging of these events requires many more staff over and above those needed to run our regular train services. We therefore rely on a pool of special event volunteers that we can call upon to help cover a whole host of activities such as “meet & greet”, serving in the beer tent, on-train stewarding, dressing up as characters (eg, “super heroes”, Santa’s helpers, even Santa himself!), car park guides, gate entry stewards, guides, entertaining, tidying up…………………the opportunities are endless!

Volunteer Co-ordinator’s comment: The beauty of signing up as a special events volunteer is that there is such a wide variety of different opportunities that there is bound to be something that you’ll really enjoy doing. Also you don’t need to commit to a regular work pattern – we simply add your name to our list, noting your area of interest, and contact you when we have appropriate vacancies on the rota of a forthcoming special event to ask if you are available to join in.  Please contact Michael Stokes ( michael.stokes@gcrailway.co.uk   01509 632315) or a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk for further information or to sign-up.

 

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