The North Norfolk Railway will hold an Open Day on Saturday 26 March to allow visitors interested in volunteering at the Railway the chance to tour the line, meet current volunteers and discover the different roles available. The Railway is run year round almost entirely by dedicated volunteers, whose passion and love help to keep the much loved line on track.
Volunteer Administrator Jo Munden commented ‘Every year our wonderful team of volunteers undertake a spectrum of roles from the driving of engines and painting of carriages to the welcoming of customers, administration and even gardening! Our volunteers get involved for a variety of reasons; some want to keep active and meet new people, some are eager to help preserve the Railway’s heritage, some are looking for a rewarding hobby, while others want to learn new skills.’
The Open Day will begin at 10.00 and finish at 14.00. Accompanied by our knowledgeable station staff, potential new recruits will tour the line to discover how the Railway runs and have the opportunity to peek behind the scenes. Those interested in attending on March 26 are asked to get in touch with the Railway by email via email@example.com or by phone by 01632 820800, option 4 then 1.
Jo added ‘Our volunteers have such a wide and varied skill set. Some have worked on railways before and others have never set foot on a heritage line but are experts in IT or catering! Whatever your skills and availability, whether a few hours or several days a week, we would welcome your contribution and support.’
The Railway is particularly looking for volunteers to help with welcoming visitors and inspecting tickets, assisting in the gift shops and buffets and also helping run the ever popular dining trains.
Hugh Harkett, Managing Director, remarked ‘Our volunteers really are the life blood of the Railway and we are continually thankful for their dedication and support. Despite difficulties last year, the Railway managed to welcome 143, 632 passengers and this would not have been possible without the hard work of many volunteers. In keeping with most heritage railways, the North Norfolk Railway is a not for profit enterprise so the support of volunteers is really crucial to our survival. We are hoping to welcome many new helpers to the Railway at the Open Day.’
Steam and heritage diesel trains run at weekends in March before the line’s daily service, which operates from 1 April to 30 October, commences. Passengers booking in advance will enjoy special, discounted fares – full details including times and how to book can be found at www.nnrailway.co.uk.