Can you spare some time for volunteering? 

44 days 17 hours 1 min 33 secs to Volunteer Recruitment Day.

In 2017 the railway celebrates 50 years since the formation of the NYMR Preservation Society, forerunner of the current Charitable Trust (1967 - 2017). Today the railway is a not-for profit charitable organisation run as part of the local community. Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers who focus on improving the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and passenger experience. The NYMR is reliant upon volunteers and we need your help!

We invite you to join us as we work to continue our success for the next 50 years. We need volunteers with the vast multitude of skills now required to run a heritage railway in the current environment; including some you may have not even have thought of. Having no previous railway experience is not a barrier. If you have the aptitude, enthusiasm and commitment, we will help you achieve your ambition to become a Driver or Fireman, a Guard or Ticket Inspector, a Signalman, a Station Foreman or Booking Clerk; all the roles recognisably associated with trains and railways.

We also need people who can help maintain the track and infrastructure, the signals and the stations. We need people who can run the shops, the booking offices, the tea rooms and the catering facilities on the trains, including our famed Trolley Dollies – and, if you have a great sense of humour, to help out in Customer Services; answering our passenger’s questions and booking their trips. We need people to help service and rebuild our locomotives and carriages - not just engineers but painters, carpenters and panel bashers. And we also need those who can paint faces, tell stories and pack presents at our special events. We need those who can broadcast the success of the railway at events around the country (so you do not even have to live near one of our stations). Oh, and if you have financial, administration, legal, IT or HR skills you will be made very welcome; as will anybody with talents in Project and Process Management techniques.

In fact, we are certain whatever your talents, we can use them on the NYMR. When starting as a volunteer, you will attend a Welcome Induction, which provides a thorough grounding in the NYMR and also in basic safety. This is followed by a job specific briefing, explaining your role, meeting your new colleagues, finding out about your work area and any safety related items. Then, throughout your time with us, volunteers receive further, friendly but professional, job related training necessary to meet the demands of new methods, equipment and legislation. At all times during the initial period, someone will be available to help you settle in; and, if you realise the role you have chosen is not for you, we will try and identify something else more suitable. Very soon you will be a member of the proudly professional, friendly family of volunteers who make the NYMR happen. The only thing you won’t understand is why you didn’t do it earlier!

Interested? Want to find out more? Then come along and meet representatives from all the departments who will be ready to speak with you, answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. We will even ensure you get a cuppa, a smile and, if necessary, arrange for you to travel to a specific site to see things first hand. So what are you waiting for? Just fill out the form below so we can make sure everything is in place when you arrive. If you are not able to get to the Volunteer Day but would still like to learn more, further details on our volunteering page.

If you would like to join us on our Volunteer Recruitment Day, please complete our short online form.