Steam along and help

Quainton aims to keep on track with the help of more volunteers.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – the local heritage venue – has a list of available roles available. All it needs now is people with steam in their veins to help out.

In a statement, the centre says: ‘We currently need more hands on deck, so this volunteer recruitment day has been set up to allow potential volunteers to meet current volunteers, take a look around the site, see an engine in steam and find out about what we do and how you might be able to lend a hand.’

There are a huge variety of volunteer roles:

• ‘Behind the Scenes’ volunteers generally come in during the week and help maintain the site and artefacts while it is closed. This could be mowing, mending, strimming hedges and painting fences, or helping maintain or restore steam engines, carriages and railway buildings.
• ‘Customer Facing’ volunteers are those who come in and spend the day there when it is open to the public on Sundays and other special event days throughout the year.

These roles range from helping in the second-hand bookshop, cafe or gift shop, and welcoming visitors on the entrance gate, to crewing one of the steam engines; being a guard on the platform; or helping to park cars on busy days.

Volunteers can come for as long as they want to and whenever they are able to help. Some volunteers come several times a week, others when the centre has a busy event.

To find out more, visit the Quainton centre near Aylesbury between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 4 February, when the cafe will also be open.

Anyone who has a specific query about volunteering or about this recruitment day can email