Volunteer members of the Great Western Society run the Didcot Railway Centre, supported by a small number of paid staff. To ensure that we continue to uphold the aims of the Society we seek and welcome new volunteers in all departments.
Didcot Railway Centre has become the leading Great Western Railway preservation centre through the efforts of our membership. Our activities range from the restoration and repair of our historic locomotives, coaches and wagons, and operating them on the demonstration lines; signalling; educating children and young people through the Science and Learning Centre; displaying collections in the Museum; all supported by site development and trackwork, special events, gardening and catering … to name but a few of the opportunities that await you.
Although in some areas we do need experienced volunteers with specialised skills do not be put off by thinking that you are unqualified, as we also provide full training for whichever job you choose to do. We realise that everyone has a different amount of uncommitted time - the amount of time you spend with us depends on you. Some activities take place regularly every week or fortnight; others, such as site working parties, are programmed and advertised in the Newsletter. Operating Staff are rostered over a year, usually a minimum of ten days per year.
So whether you are retired, young, or a working person with a few hours to spare, a warm welcome awaits you.
Before you start as a volunteer at Didcot Railway Centre we will ensure that you take part in an induction session so that you know your way around and are able to work safely in a railway engineering environment.
Our volunteers are of all ages and from all walks of life - meet a few of them and hear the range of opportunities to get involved by clicking the button below. Volunteers help run every department at the Centre and assist with administration and other work away from the site, click the departments and opportunities button to find out more.