We would love you to join us!
Running a preserved railway is an interesting and varied task and now that the railway is operating service to Duffield we need your help. There are many roles to be performed!
Volunteering can be very rewarding. There is an opportunity to make a real difference to the community, have fun doing a new hobby and make many new friends. Not to mention the added bonus of helping to build up experience in many areas. In reverse, you may have the skills that we desire to help further the project and make a real difference.
How much time do I have to put in?
There is no set amount of time for volunteering, whether it be one day in three months or several days a week, everybody is welcome.
Does it cost me money to volunteer?
Joining our team requires membership to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association (EVRA). This membership will get you basic site working insurance, as well as quaterly magazines. This costs around £20 a year. You'll likely need to purchase your own Personal Protective Equipment (orange hi vis vest/coat, steel-toed boots etc) and if you are performing a public facing role, the relevant uniform.
We hope that you choose to start your new hobby with us!
What sort of roles are there for me to perform?
Here are some examples of the types of roles we have on the railway:
How do I choose a role?
It is not always possible to know which role you wish to perform, especially if you have no prior railway knowledge. On your first day, the range of activities will be discussed and you will be offered the opportunity to try many of the tasks before deciding upon the one you enjoy the most. Many volunteers perform multiple roles - for example, you may maintain a vehicle one day and drive it the next.
What is the age range?
The railway can accept volunteers at the age of 16.
There is currently no upper age limit to working on the railway. Working on the track or operating a vehicle requires a reasonable level of health.
How do I get started?
Simply give us a call on 01629 823076 or pop in to Wirksworth Station for a friendly chat.
Fancy a chat?
Volunteering at our railway brings many rewards and is a great way to make new friends. If you are interested in volunteering, please do not hesitate to drop us a line to [email protected] and we will get in touch, invite you to have a look around the railway and discuss options for you. We look forward to hearing from you!