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Firebox - Didcot Railway Centre's Young Volunteers

Firebox is the Young Volunteers at Didcot Railway Centre scheme and for those who are interested in the running of steam railways, particularly those of the Great Western Railway. As young members of the Great Western Society, they help with the activities of the Centre…

Firebox is the Young Volunteers at Didcot Railway Centre scheme and for those who are interested in the running of steam railways, particularly those of the Great Western Railway. As young members of the Great Western Society, they help with the activities of the Centre and work with the restoration groups to gain a variety of experience and skills. This can lead to training to become members of the train operating staff.

Young volunteers are between the ages of 11 and 16 years and must be members of the Great Western Society.  Our Young Volunteers tell us that they: - are interested in steam engines - want to have fun together with others who are interested in railways - are looking to develop engineering and other skills - accept that responsibilities go with being young members - get satisfaction from their achievements and the teamwork involved.

Young volunteers under the school leaving age must complete an agreement form (available on their website) together with their parents and the Society to allow them to take part in voluntary work at Didcot Railway Centre.

Types of work:

There are activities for both young men and young women.

  • Helping with maintenance and restoration of engines, carriages and wagons
  • Looking after the stations, signalling and trackwork
  • Building new stations and features
  • Preparation of the railway centre for the regular openings and special events
  • Helping visitors of all ages to enjoy themselves.

Who to contact

Telephone
01235 817200
Fax: 01235 510621
E-mail
info@didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Website
http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/
Parent Organisation
Didcot Railway Centre

Where to go

Name
Didcot Railway Centre
Address
Station Road
Didcot
Oxfordshire
Postcode
OX11 7NR

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open every weekend throughout the year and daily from May to September

Other Details

Additional Information

Providing services to
11 - 16 years (secondary school age)
Young people
Disabled children/young people

Supporting people with
Learning difficulty
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum Condition

Last checked on 04/12/2017

Record managed by Oxfordshire Family Information Service

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