Volunteer Vacancies - November 2017

Steam Locomotive Operations – Cleaners > Firemen > Drivers
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.

Please contact a member of the Volunteer Support Team at volunteers@gcrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 01509 633853 for details.

 

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.

 

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

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”.
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!

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).

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