Watercress Line

The Watercress Line seeks volunteers

There are lots of opportunities to join the very valued and friendly team of 450 volunteers at Hampshire’s much-loved Watercress Line steam railway, including its Heritage Lottery-funded locomotive restoration project, the Canadian Pacific (CanPac).  

Behind the scenes skilled volunteers can work in Ropley’s engineering workshops, including the machine shop, carriage shop and loco works.  In the machine shop experience of hand-operated machinery is particularly valuable. The carriage shop would very much like to hear from people with carpentry skills for its two Bulleid carriages.

The opportunities for joining the team are endless; elsewhere across the whole of the railway enthusiastic and friendly volunteers can work in the café or shop, education department, help with office duties, events, fundraising, become a tour guide or work on activities like signalling, driving trains, maintaining the station gardens and other station roles. So even green-fingered enthusiasts have a part to play.  There’s also a new volunteer role for young people in the tour guide team, anyone between the ages of 16 and 24 can become a ‘Young Explainer’ and provide behind the scenes tours of the workshops at Ropley. Those interested should contact Dr Becky Peacock,  the Watercress Line’s Outreach and Interpretation Officer on outreach.mhr@hotmail.com.

Without our wonderful band of volunteer workers the Watercress Line would not be able to function in the way it does. There would be no trains running, no stations to wait at and no track to run on!  We very much value the work of our volunteers.

Allan James a volunteer on the railway says ‘I enjoy meeting lots of new people and constantly learning a variety of new skills, as well as having access to excellent trains. All while working with like-minded people’. 

Every month the Watercress Line hosts a Welcome Day for interested volunteers and the next one is planned for Sunday 27th May 2018 at 10am. (To book a place please contact Dave Yaldren on 02380 906 211).  For more information, please click here