The Railway actively encourages young people (aged 13 and above) to become part of the volunteer workforce. The Railway relies on the hard work, dedication and skills of volunteers not only to run the trains, but to restore and maintain the engines, rolling stock, trackwork and buildings. It’s important that these skills are transferred to younger generations to enable them to keep the Railway running in years to come. It’s also fun and extremely rewarding. We have opportunities onboard our trains, in our restoration workshop, on the permanent way, in the ticket office and shop or with our on-train catering.
Our Young Members Group (YMG) has been specifically set up to engage 13-16 year-olds in different activities within the Railway. The group organises working days; when young members can work on something worthwhile and learn how things are done. In the past, the YMG has also been on trips to other Railways to see how they operate. Many of our young members are involved in “rostered duties” on the train or at Bitton Station, however the working days offer something different for them to be involved in and learn about.
Training is given for all operating roles; it is a requirement of joining the Operating Department in any capacity that young members complete training in personal track safety and basic customer service. This requirement is to ensure that all volunteers enjoy their work in a safe environment whilst benefiting the Railway and its customers. Some roles also have a minimum age requirement for safety and operational reasons.
Joining us as a working volunteer is simple, all you need is current Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust membership. All volunteers need to be members of the Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust to insure them for any work they carry out on the Railway. For more information on how to become a member and what the benefits are, see our membership page.
If you want more information about volunteering on the Avon Valley Railway, do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively visit us at Bitton, and talk to any member of staff, who will be happy to help.