Volunteers to help restoration project get on track

Some of the volunteers at the museum.

Some of the volunteers at the museum.

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Volunteers are needed to help get a project on track.

North Tyneside Steam Railway, based at Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields, is looking for people to join the engineering crew in the restoration of classic locomotives and the running of the heritage railway.

At a special Open Weekend on Saturday, October 25 and the following day from 11am to 3pm, members of the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association (NTSRA) will be welcoming anyone who would like to get involved.

The NTSRA are based at the museum and railway at Middle Engine Lane and restore, maintain and operate the classic heritage locomotives that reside in the workshops and museum.

Geoff Woodward, manager of North Tyneside Museums, said: “Without the NTSRA the railway would not be able to operate.

“The wealth of skills and expertise they possess and the fantastic work they do is incredible – born of passion for what they do.

“We need more volunteers so the skills necessary to operate this very special and popular heritage railway can be shared and passed on.

“We need engineers, people to help with restoration, passenger train crews and track maintenance volunteers – there is a great range of opportunities.

“We would urge anyone interested to come along and meet the team and find out how they can get involved in the great work that’s going on here.”

Age or gender is no barrier to joining the volunteer team.

All volunteers will be supported and meticulously trained by the experienced team at the museum.