Gwili Railway Preservation Society

Volunteering

Introduction to volunteering

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Gwili Railway. As well as preserving a valuable part of our Welsh railway heritage, their work gives pleasure to tens of thousands of our visitors every year.

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Who are our volunteers?

They are of all ages - from students to the retired - and from a wide range of social and occupational backgrounds.

We are particulary looking for new volunteers to train for operational roles: especially firemen (or women). There are also opportunities to train as guard and signalmen (or women) Full training is provided free of charge.

Download Volunteer Operational Roles Job Descriptions to find out more.

There is more to a railway than just running trains. Our volunteers lend support in many other ways - maintenance of rolling stock and buildings, tracklaying, catering, shop & ticket sales, publicity, fund-raising and planning for the future. Take a look at the roles available and see if there is something that appeals.

Download Volunteer Non Operational Roles Job Descriptions

So why not join our successful team? No special skills are required and whether you can offer regular help or just one day a year you will always be welcome.

INDUCTION DAYS

The best way to find out more about volunteering at the Gwili Railway is to attend an induction day. We run Induction Days for prospective volunteers every month. These are free to attend and give you a chance to find out more about volunteering at the Railway. There are so many different roles at the Railway, if you don't find your first choice quite right you can always come back and try something different.

Induction Days 2017

  • Saturday 18th February
  • Sunday 12th March
  • Saturday 8th April
  • Sunday 14th May
  • Sunday 11th June
  • Saturday 8th July
  • Sunday 13th August
  • Saturday 9th September
  • Sunday 22nd October
  • Saturday 4th November

To find out more and or/attend an Induction Day, fill out the application form. If you cannot attend on one of these dates, still fill out the form.

Download a New Volunteer Application Form. Complete and return to:

Gwili Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT  or send by email, details at the bottom of the form or send by email to info @ gwili-railway.co.uk (without the spaces).

New volunteers will be contacted by the Volunteer Liaison Co-ordinator once the application has been processed.

Interested? Watch this recruitment video - Click Here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED IN THE FOLLOWING ROLES

Firemen (& women)

Our steam locomotives are operated by a Fireman and Engine Driver. The Fireman position is open to males or females. On a running day, the Fireman will begin preparing the loco at 6.30am. You will be trained to:-

  • Prepare the locomotive for operation.
  • Check /clean out firebox, ash pan and smokebox
  • Lay and light fire.
  • Maintain fire and correct water level in boiler when running.
  • Assist driver in sighting signals and operating safely.
  • Learn Railway Rules whilst training including health and safety rules.

Minimum age to pass out as fireman is 18 (training from age 16). Please download a New Volunteer Application Form,  indicate that you would like to train as a fireman, complete and return to: Gwili Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT or send by email to: info @ gwili-railway.co.uk (without the spaces).

Catering Volunteers

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We are also keen to hear from people who want to volunteer to assist with waiting tables or working in the kitchen for our strawberry cream tea trains (Thursdays April to October and Thursdays and Fridays in July and August) and our Sunday Dining events (selected Sundays). We have occasional evening functions as well.

Gwili Souvenir Shop and Ticket Office

Do you like working with the public? If you are available to help out in the Gwili Souvenir Shop we'd love to hear from you. The role involves selling tickets and souvenirs, training will be given.

Carriage and Works

The Carriage and works department will be available for new volunteer talks/tours on the 11th June... Can you help with this type of work?

Volunteer Operational Roles 
The Railway runs passenger trains for more than 200 days each year as well as regular shunting of stock for maintenance, events or operational reasons. We rely on volunteers willing to be trained for operational roles.

Carriage and Works Department
Maintenance and restoration of our vehicles is an important part of keeping the trains running. During the Summer we need help restoring the TVR 220 and the LLC Tearoom, we'll be helping on the miniature railway, station area vegetation control and landscaping. Fleet work includes looking after, toilets, electrics, the DMU centre car, GCCG Shop, LMS handcrane, SVR Toad, GWR coach No 216, the building of the woodwork shop extension etc. Any potential new volunteers prepared to be part of the team will be found a job and help us to progress the projects for the better of the railway.

To apply to volunteer at the Railway, please download a 
New Volunteer Form from the website (Volunteering Tab), email the office: info@gwili-railway.co.uk, apply in writing:

Volunteer Co-ordinator, Gwili Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT or phone 01267 238213 (Monday to Friday 10-4pm).

Other Roles

There are many other roles here at the Railway depending on your skills and interests. Do come along to a FREE induction day to find out more.

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To find out more and or/attend an Induction Day, fill out the application form.

Download a New Volunteer Application Form. Complete and return to:

Gwili Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT  or send by email,  to info @ gwili-railway.co.uk (without the spaces).

New volunteers will be contacted by the Volunteer Liaison Co-ordinator once the application has been processed.

Interested? Watch this recruitment video - Click Here.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Testimonials

Gwili Steam Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen, SA33 6HT. Tel (01267) 238213 (Mon-Fri-10am-4pm)