Current Volunteer Vacancies

Loughborough Booking Office - weekend and weekday opportunities available.

There are very few places in the UK where opportunities exist to learn the trade of a booking office clerk in a traditional large town station. At Loughborough GCR station we are currently able to offer a number of places for new volunteers to join our friendly team. Vacancies currently exist for Thursdays and Saturdays. Full training will be provided and when completed you'll feel comfortable in dealing with a whole range of enquiries and also have opportunities to try your hand at selling tickets to passengers at the ticket window.

If you are comfortable in speaking with new people, both face to face and over the 'phone, and have basic numeracy and computer skills we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853 or ask at the ticket window at Loughborough Central station (preferably at an off-peak time).

 

Platform Staff – All Stations

Platform staff are required at weekends and /or to cover mid-week trains. A warm welcome from you will ensure a great start to our visitors’ experience.
As a platform porter you may be one of the first members of the railway staff that passengers get into conversation with when they visit the GCR. You need to be confident in dealing with members of the public and take responsibility, 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.

Other, non-uniform roles are available too. Please ask!

Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853. Alternatively, talk to the Station Master on duty if you are visiting one of the stations.

 

Special & Themed Family Events

We’d love to have groups of friends get involved in our hugely popular family events: Santa Specials, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, the 1940s Wartime Weekend – you name it, this is your chance to get together and have great fun putting smiles on the faces of children of all ages!

Interested? Please contact June Le Gallais at june.legallais@gcrailway.co.uk

 

Steam Locomotive Operations – Cleaners > Firemen > Drivers

Applicants will require good health and eyesight (including colour vision) and will start as a locomotive cleaner with additional general yard duties.
A new cleaner will work under supervision and be expected to gain an understanding about the working parts of steam locomotives as he/she undertakes the challenging (and often dirty!) tasks around the shed yard. Cleaners of suitable ability can subsequently apply to train as a fireman. Formal training is intensive and consists of classroom and practical training with both practical and written 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.
Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853 for details.

 


These are just a few of the many volunteering opportunities available on the Great Central Railway. Please contact the Volunteer Support Team for more details.

The Volunteer Support Team 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.

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 (E.g., ONE WEEK OR MONTH).

 

Page last updated 6th September 2018.

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