Volunteering at Dunaskin

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is run entirely by volunteers, so the Group is always on the lookout for new volunteers.

In particular, we would like to encourage younger members to volunteer, as we plan for the longer term future. Now that we have successfully concluded the purchase of a significant portion of the Dunaskin site,┬áthe future can be very exciting – so long as we have enough volunteers to achieve it!

Throughout the year our regular working days are Tuesdays and Saturdays. Some volunteers attend practically every day, but we know you can only give what time you can afford among your other commitments. We would ask that you keep us informed of your availability. We also need volunteers to staff our steam open days during the summer. Training is available for footplate crew of Locomotive Driver and Firemen (and women), Guards and Ticket Inspectors.

We particularly welcome volunteers who have relevant skills, such as mechanical or electrical engineering, track maintenance, joinery, or building maintenance. However, we understand that you may want to volunteer in order to do something completely different from work! If you’d like to contribute in a way which is new to you, training will be given. As for summer volunteering, we need shop, cafe and booking office staff, as well as train guards, ticket inspectors and footplate crew. If you’d like to be an engine driver, you’ll get the opportunity, but you need to be willing and able to commit a fair amount of time to the Group in order to progress that far. You also need to satisfy us as to your physical fitness before you can undertake safety-critical tasks.

New volunteers will be given an induction pack, including a rule book and track safety training. The Safety Officer will put you through a track safety test before you are allowed to undertake any train operating duties.

If you feel you would like to join the ranks of the volunteers, please contact either –

Jim Davidson o1655 740 520 (evenings only) or

Chairman Bill Clark 01292 739 179 (evenings only)

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(page updated 26th Apr 2016 NG)


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