It's no secret. We desperately need help to keep these fine engines in tip top condition to allow their continued use. Everyone who helps spreads the work a little further allowing us to do more and takes some of the burden off those who are already working.

Volunteers have a lot of fun, learn new skills and yes, they can get dirty and cold, but they do all have a huge sense of achievement and can say, " I was part of that success ", when one of the locomotives appears in a magazine or when they are at the head of a train on the mainline.

But I'm not technically minded!

You do not need to be technical to help out, there are plenty of jobs to be done by assisting our more experienced volunteers. It may not always be glamorous work but it will speed the job along and you will learn lots while you do it. Some of our technical experts started out doing the assistant tasks.

I know nothing about how locomotives work!

Well, to put it bluntly, neither did most of us 25 years ago, but that didn't stop us! Come and help out and don't be afraid to ask, you'll certainly have it explained as simply as we can. Not everyone is a railway employee or an engineer, and we at the Fund know this, and will provide all the information you want (if we know, that is!).

I'm concerned about my safety.

The Fifty Fund has a Health and Safety Policy and operates under the safety regimes in place at the railways we visit (ask the Volunteer Coordinator or the Technical Officer for more details), no one will be asked to do anything they do not have the skills to tackle or put in positions where they are unknowingly at risk. All new volunteers will be given guidance on working in and around the locomotives and in the environment before they start work. And as a last statement; If in any doubt, don't do it and ASK!

So what do I need to do to Volunteer!

Contact our volunteer coordinator, Steve Tripp - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What else do I need?

For insurance purposes you will need to be a Fifty Fund shareholder. You will also need to be a member of the Severn Valley Railway while working on the Valley's property. Other than that all you need is some clothes you don't mind getting dirty and yourself. A bucketful of mindless optimism and a sense of humour often helps, too!

And you can blame these two characters....

Meet Dave Keogh and Jon 'Gus' Dunster. These guys thought it would be a brilliant idea to buy a Class 50. Somewhere along the line, we ended up with 5 of them. We still haven't forgiven them, so if either of them says 'I've got a great idea...' be afraid.