On Sunday the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is hoping to recruit the next generation of volunteers.
The 40th anniversary volunteer day is the first in a long list of events in 2013 that will celebrate the world’s most popular heritage railway.
John Bruce, volunteer liaison officer, said: “Over the past 40 years, volunteers have continued to be deeply involved in developing and improving the NYMR. We have a very proud, professional volunteer family on the railway and we need more people to be a part of this. Our 40th anniversary volunteer day is a great chance to discover all the great ways you can volunteer on the railway.”
Even those with no railway experience are invited to come along and take part. Mr Bruce explained: “We need volunteers with a vast multitude of skills. If you have the aptitude, enthusiasm and commitment, we will help you achieve your ambition to become a driver or fireman, a guard or ticket inspector, a signalman, a station foreman or booking clerk.
Other volunteers needed are those who can help maintain the track and infrastructure, the signals and the stations. There are also opportunities for people to run the shops, tea rooms and catering facilities on the trains and in customer services.
Volunteers will help service and rebuild locomotives and carriages and can aid IT projects, communications, marketing, training, administration or finance.
Mr Bruce added: “In fact, whatever your talents, we can use them on the NYMR.”
For anyone who is interested in volunteering or would like to find out more, the NYMR is inviting people to go to Platform 2 on Pickering station at 10am on Sunday 21 April.
There will be a short welcome talk and representatives from all departments will be there.
Refreshments will be on offer and, if necessary, travel will be provided to see specific sites and experience things first hand.
To register an interest, complete the online form, which can be found at www.nymr.co.uk/special-events/mini-events/volunteer-recruitment-open-day/ and head down to NYMR.
For those not able to get to the volunteer day but who would still like to learn more about volunteering, visit www.nymr.net/volunteering