Everything you need to know about volunteering on the
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Volunteering

Our Fantastic Volunteers

Over 45 years ago the Railway was saved from obscurity by a relatively small group of very dedicated railway supporters. From these small beginnings an extremely large and varied volunteer family has grown to operate and manage this leading preserved Railway. We are very proud of every single person who volunteers their time to keep this Railway where it is today. Whether it is driving a train or selling a visitor a ticket, without them our railway simply would not exist.

What jobs do volunteers do?

The volunteers who are most visible are those who operate the train service, run the stations and staff our shops and catering outlets. To ensure that all turns are filled, we operate a rostering system where volunteers are asked when they are available and how many turns they would like to do. Other volunteers do a variety of maintenance work ranging from gardening and painting, keeping the gas lights in working order, through to laying track and rebuilding locomotives and carriages.

We are always keen to receive enquiries about any of our duties, here are some for example –

Booking clerk – The role of a booking clerk is that all important first link the traveller has with our Railway. A broad smile, welcoming nature, and good appearance are the first needs of a booking clerk.

Station foreman – A station foreman assists in the prompt running and safe passage of trains on our Railway, and the safe transfer of passengers and goods in the charge of the Railway.

Crossing keepers – The important role of a crossing keeper is to assist in the safe and prompt passage of trains on our Railway. A crossing keeper learns how to not just operate the crossing gates, but the signalling systems applying to those gates.

Damems Junction Signaller –  Definitely one of the most interesting jobs on the railway. It is a job with a lot of responsibility for the safe running of trains. Read “A day in the life of a signaller”.

Guards – Have two roles.  Primarily, fundamentality and overall, they are there to ensure the safe operation of the train and secondly if it is carrying passengers, their satisfaction with the train and journey.

Catering – Mention “Let’s have a Day Out “ and it invariably brings up the question of “Where can we eat?”  The KWVR can certainly put on the style from with our splendidly restored ex-Bournemouth Belle 1930’s Pullman cars.

 

If these duties take your fancy – just click on the title or the appropriate box below to read more.

How do I volunteer?

Please contact the Railway’s Volunteer Liaison Officer, by telephone on 07841 211950 or by email to volunteer@kwvr.co.uk

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Guard

Guards on the KWVR have two roles. Primarily, fundamentality and overall, they are there to ensure the safe operation of the train and secondly if it is carrying passengers, their satisfaction with the train and journey. Guards need to be smart, both in what they do and how they do it.

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Signaller

Damems Junction Signaller, definitely one of the most interesting jobs on the railway. It is a job with a lot of responsibility. You are responsible for the safe running of trains. The following article describes a typical day I have had in the box; I will not be going into too much detail on the actual signalling. That is a treat for another article.

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Catering

Mention “Let’s have a Day Out “ and it invariably brings up the question of “Where can we eat?” The KWVR is main catering outlet is at Oxenhope but we can certainly put on the style from time to time.

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Station Foreman

The role of a station foreman is to assist in the prompt running and safe passage of trains on our Railway, and the safe transfer of passengers and goods in the charge of the Railway.

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Booking Clerk

The role of a booking clerk is that all important first link the traveller has with our Railway. A broad smile, welcoming nature, and good appearance are the all important first needs of a booking clerk.

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Crossing Keeper

The all important role of a crossing keeper is to assist in the safe and prompt passage of trains on our Railway.

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FAQs

These are the questions that we are asked most by those wishing to consider volunteering and helping us run the railway.