Special appeal for Ticket Office Volunteers

DRSA is keen to recruit additional volunteers to strengthen the ticket office team at Okehampton station. This is a very important role as the person in the ticket office is usually the first person from the railway whom the public meet when visiting. Those taking on the role need to have a friendly, welcoming attitude in dealing with the public when selling tickets, answering queries or providing information and making announcements over the station p.a. system. The ticket office is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday throughout the operating season for the heritage train services. Training will be given.

If you would like to assist by becoming a member of the ticket office team please get in touch with Geoff Horner, Membership Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator on 01363 82383, 07769 736536 or at g.horner936@btinternet.com.


Apart from the above we have vacancies for volunteers in all departments of the Railway:

Travelling Ticket Inspectors

Dartmoor Railway is keen to recruit a number of DRSA members to the role of TTI, in order to free up the guards on the heritage train services from this responsibility. No previous experience is necessary and on the job training will be given.

If you are interested, and free to work at weekends, and maybe some weekdays, please contact Geoff Horner (details below).

Carriage and Wagon

The C&W volunteers work on the DRSA's heritage rolling stock at our Meldon workshop. Usually they work on Thursdays, but if there is sufficient interest, a Saturday group could also start. No previous experience is required - in fact none of the existing team came here with a background in rolling stock maintenance - though we would be only too pleased to recruit volunteers with railway or engineering experience

Lineside Maintenance

On some Saturdays Tuesdays the Dartmoor Railway's track gang leader Alan Cocker gets together with a group of DRSA volunteers and heads down the line to work on the lineside vegetation. It's an opportunity to do healthy, worthwhile work in convivial company. The DR is a big railway, so there's always plenty to do, and the group would welcome more volunteers, whether regular or occasional.

Station Maintenance

The Station Maintenance Team is responsible for the three Dartmoor Railway stations at Okehampton, Meldon Viaduct and Sampford Courtenay, though in practice most of their time is spent at Okehampton. There is a work session most Saturdays except during the depths of winter, though not everyone comes to every session. The SMT is a friendly group and the pace of work is usually pretty relaxed. Many of the jobs are straightforward buildings repair and maintenance tasks, to which we bring nothing more sophisticated than the usual DIY skills and a bit of ingenuity.

None of the above

If you're not interested in any of the foregoing but still want to get involved, volunteers also crew trains (under DR management), maintain the station floral displays, sell tickets, make station announcements, curate the museum, help in the DRSA shop, edit the magazine and this website, and carry out countless other tasks. We still have high hopes of reviving the model railway team when circumstances allow. Occasionally it's a matter of all hands to the pumps, for example when a railtour visits. If you've a particular interest, come and talk to us about it.

No previous experience is necessary, though if you've a useful skill then we will be pleased to utilise it. To become a volunteer you will need to join the DRSA. Our Volunteer Coordinator will arrange for the appropriate briefings and training where necessary. Come and join us in the very rewarding task of running the Railway.

For more details of volunteering, send an email to volunteering@dartmoor-railway-sa.org or contact the DRSA Volunteer Coordinator Geoffrey Horner on 01363 82383 or 07769 736536.

Established working volunteers are entitled to purchase a Heritage Railway Association Interrail card, enabling the card holder and 1 other to travel free or at heavily discounted prices on other participating UK heritage railways (which in practice is the vast majority of them). For more details contact DRSA's Interrail Coordinator, Christine Horner on christine.horner[at]talk21.com

The Work in Progress page gives an idea of DRSA's volunteer activity.

Volunteer booking on policy

From August 5th 2015 BARS has implemented a new booking on policy for volunteers. Please see the document below.
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