VOLUNTEERING

A great way to learn new skills and meet new people

The Bellarine Railway is operated by the volunteers of the Geelong Steam Preservation Society, which was formed in 1970. Volunteer workers are the lifeblood of the Bellarine Railway.

 

Voluntary efforts of interested persons maintain the tracks, crew the trains, restore and paint the carriages, serve refreshments and sell the tickets. Share the thrills of building and operating this unique and fascinating railway.

Whilst maintaining the railway is a big task, the work can be fun and interesting, and you will learn new skills.

No matter what qualifications a volunteer may bring, it is certain they can find work that is both rewarding and of tremendous value to the society. Even where the society already has someone performing a unique or specialised task, no offer of assistance will ever be rejected.

The skills required are wide and varied. Members are able to participate in all aspects of the activities taking place in and around the BR and can help out in any way. Any trade skills or specialised knowledge can be put to use around the railway, restoring locos or rollingstock, track maintenance, crewing trains, selling tickets along with many other possibilities.

Each small contribution goes towards the total picture and is most welcome. Individual benefits include being able to share in a wide range of experiences from labouring over a loco: to being part of the team running the railway, which enables many people to enjoy this great heritage railway experience.

 

The society utilises emails and the regular ‘Right On Track’ newsletter to keep members up-to-date about the railway’s activities and events.

Volunteer roles and skills, invaluable to maintain our railway include:
  • Archivists / historians
  • Boilermakers
  • Booking officers
  • Carpenters
  • Carriage builders
  • Carriage cleaners
  • Conductors
  • Electricians
  • Event assistance on the day
  • Event setup and pack up
  • Fireman (steam and diesel)
  • Fitters and turners
  • Gardeners
  • Locomotive drivers (steam, diesel, railmotor)
  • Painters
  • Plumbers
  • Shop staff
  • Signwriters
  • Track workers
  • Train guards
  • Upholsterers
  • Welders
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