Volunteering on the KWVR
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.
How many volunteers are there?
At the last count we had over 530 volunteers. Yes, really!
Do I need previous experience?
Not at all. Most of our volunteers have no previous experience of working on a railway when they arrive. In most cases we will train new volunteers by having them work alongside existing volunteers.
Are there any age limits?
Our volunteers range from teenagers to the over eighties. Older people can carry on volunteering to any age provided they are fit enough and can do the work safely. Under 16s are encouraged to join the Young Persons’ Group.
How much time do I have to give?
On the whole it is entirely up to you. Some of our volunteers offer a few days a year; others are never away from the place. Certain jobs on the operating roster have a minimum number of turns, to ensure that staff remain fully conversant with the needs of their role.
I live a long way from Haworth – can you help with accommodation?
The Railway has an accommodation block, Stanier House, at Haworth which volunteers can use, by arrangement. There is no charge for this. Facilities are clean but not luxurious!
Do I have to be a member of the Society?
Yes, all volunteers must be members, but volunteers are also entitled to pay a lower annual subscription – so it’s not too bad!
How do I volunteer?
Please contact the Railway’s Volunteer Liaison Officer, by telephone on 07841 211950 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.