Become a Volunteer
Volunteering with the GCRN.
In 1989 a dedicated and determined group of volunteers started to build new facilities at a former MOD site south of Ruddington, Nottingham, becoming the centre of operations. In 2004 train services begun to use the formerly mothballed ex-GCR main line to East Leake (Rushcliffe Halt), and in 2005 some services were extended another 5.5 miles to reach Loughborough. Our railway operations remain an entirely volunteer operation today.
The scope of railway operations at GCRN is significant. As might be imagined, running real trains requires a dedicated team of individuals. Our volunteer activities range from teams who maintain our track and structures, through to those that signal our trains as well as those that restore, maintain and operate our locomotives and rolling stock. Whatever your skill level, there is something for you here! We undertake training and mentoring for volunteers to ensure safety for both our teams and the visiting public. Many of the drivers, guards, signallers and track maintainers have "day-jobs" and have learnt their skills with us.
We have dedicated teams of individuals who concentrate in specific areas. Our maintenance volunteers are all trained through a mentoring process, with experience gained "on the job" under the guidance of existing volunteers. We maintain our locomotives and rolling stock to applicable standards, using manuals, processes and procedures followed by other volunteer groups and train operators alike. In the main, all our volunteers can and often do help each-other out. Most of the loco crews are also involved in maintaining the locos.
Our traincrew and on train staff are also trained by a mentoring process, backed-up with classroom, practical and theory learning. Our qualifications are similar to those at any other heritage railway, comprising in-depth practical and theory knowledge which is put into practice out on the line. If you've volunteered or worked as traincrew before elsewhere, subject to verification, your qualifications should be portable to GCRN.
We are also always looking for volunteers in all non-operational departments. Road Transport, retail, Buildings & Structures, Signals and Telecomms and also general help across the whole site, helping to make the GCRN what it is today.
At the moment, we are particulary keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer in our retail and customer facing operations, also anyone interested in the general upkeep of the site including gardening and keeping the platform area clean and tidy. No experience is necessary and full training will be given.
For more information contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org