To mark this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), we're aiming to highlight the vital contribution of our 1000+ volunteers and thanking them for their continued hard work and dedication.

Our volunteers welcome over 300,000 passengers during a normal operating season, and we need at least 200,000 volunteering hours every year - an average of 22 hours per person every month - in order to operate our heritage services and bring the NYMR's fascinating story to life.

One of the most popular roles is, of course, driving locomotives; however, there are many vital ‘behind the scenes’ roles that keep the railway operating safely. These include the Infrastructure and Motive Power departments, assisting with the full breadth of civil engineering, building, electrical and mechanical work - not to mention the maintenance, repairs and overhaul of its fleet of steam and diesel locomotives.

This year a key focus for volunteer recruitment is expanding the new Volunteering and Community department, where those with experience in education and learning as well as community engagement can really shine by helping to enhance passenger enjoyment as well as the storytelling element of the heritage railway. Analytical and data work is another area where we need support with and a role which could be for home-based volunteers.


Other roles include travelling ticket inspectors, signallers and telecommunications, customer service, retail, catering, administration, fundraising and education.

To raise awareness of these vital roles, we're running a social media campaign from the 1-7 June to highlight the valuable contribution that our volunteers make to keep this popular attraction steaming on into the future.

Marcus Aldrich, Head of Volunteering and Community of NYMR, said: “Our volunteers are the life and soul of the railway, without whom we simply wouldn't be able to run; it’s a challenging but hugely rewarding opportunity - with the offer of experiences that money just can’t buy. This week is a time to really honour our volunteers and thank our volunteers for helping to keep us on track.

“As an organisation, we’re heavily reliant upon volunteers and welcome hundreds of invaluable helpers up and down the line who get involved with a variety of hands-on roles. However, we still need more. You don’t need to be a train enthusiast or know all the lingo, and we’d love a whole cross section of people to apply. We’re particularly eager to recruit more female volunteers - for every department.”

Start your volunteer journey on one of the most popular UK heritage railways, helping to deliver the aims of the charitable trust - one of which is providing education for all ages.

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