The Junior Volunteers Group provides volunteering opportunities for young people aged 10 to 15. We currently have nearly 60 Junior Volunteers on our books. They are supported by a team of adult supervisors together with a team of Assistant Supervisors who were Junior Volunteers but have now reached the age of 16.  Everyone works together to gain knowledge of how NYMR operates and to learn a range of appropriate skills. 

The Junior Volunteers Group has three main groups, these consist of around 15 Juniors each.  Each squad or group meets once a month from April to October, except for July when, during Junior Volunteers Week six days of activities are organised, including social gatherings.  Each month an additional session is run to tackle any more pressing jobs.

Junior Motive Power Department (MPD) Group

This group deals with all things related to the MPD. We help out with tasks that the shed staff needs completing, from fencing up to cleaning locomotives. If you’re interested in helping out in the shed or moving onto the footplate, this is the group to join! The MPD group is for Juniors 13+.

Saturday Squad and Sunday Squad

These squads are held on a Saturday or Sunday. The members go all around the railway doing whatever needs to be done, be it fencing, concreting, painting, you name it. Both squads are open to Juniors 10+.

Junior Volunteer Week

Members of the MPD Group and the Saturday and Sunday Squads take part in Junior Volunteers Week at the end of July. They work at various locations along the line, as well as at stations and on the trains. The wide range of activities on offer includes, MPD work, carriage cleaning, fencing, TTI, guarding, catering, retail, and signal maintenance. The Junior Volunteers are trained and supported by a team of Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors together with staff and other volunteers who all help to make the week a worthwhile experience.  Check out our 2017 Junior Volunteer Week Report.

Levisham Station Group

Levisham Station Group currently has two Junior Volunteers working with the team that helps to maintain the station, rolling stock and lineside. There are opportunities here for new Junior Volunteers aged 13+ for anyone who is keen and fit.

What can this lead onto?

The Junior Volunteers Group can help young people progress onto all parts of the railway. We have plenty of roles that can suit everyone, a few examples being:

  • Operating Department (Travelling Ticket Inspectors, Guards & Signalmen)
  • Footplate Department (Cleaners, Firemen & Diesel/Steam Drivers)
  • Engineering (Loco maintenance and rebuilding, Carriage refurbishment & Wagon rebuilding)
  • Commercial Department (Catering, Shop sales & Customer Services)

Moving On

On reaching 16, a good number stay on NYMR as full volunteers. During 2017, one was a driver, four were fireman, eleven volunteered at the MPD as loco cleaners, two were guards, five were travelling ticket inspectors (TTI) plus one assistant TTI and one in training,  two were station foremen with one in training, two volunteered with Levisham Station Group, one volunteered with the lineside maintenance team, two volunteered on catering activities and eight helped with the Grosmont Santa trains.

Since the Junior Volunteers Group was started in 2008 several people have found full or part-time employment in the mainline and heritage railway sectors. 

Whatever and wherever our Junior Volunteers move onto when they reach 16 we are confident that they have learned to volunteer their time in a good cause, have learned a range of skills, made friends and helped NYMR to achieve its goals, including keeping the railway maintained and running.


Unfortunately, spaces for the Saturday Squad, Sunday Squad and MPD Group are all fully allocated until 2021. Anyone interested in a place for 2021 should click ‘Get Involved’ below and send in the registration form.

Levisham Station Group has opportunities for those aged 13+ who are fit and keen to help. Click ‘Get Involved’ below and send in the registration form.


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