The Trust, which is restoring the world’s first non-steam powered railcar, is looking for people to learn new skills whilst helping with the restoration at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, near Skipton.
The Trust is very conscious that their band of volunteers is mostly comprised of people of mature years. Looking to the future, they would like to recruit some younger members who can play an active part in the Trust for many years to come. Simon Gott, the Trust’s Press Officer, said, “Many of our members have an impressive range of practical skills and experience and this has been invaluable in the restoration so far. We would like to pass these skills on to a new generation of volunteers. When it’s operational, the autocar will be used as an aid to education – let’s start this now, with the restoration work.”Stephen Middleton, the Trust’s Chairman, added, “Although we are hoping that more young people will join us, membership of the Trust is open to all and we will welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, age groups and skill levels. This is an opportunity for people to learn new skills from the existing team in a friendly, relaxed environment and make a valuable contribution to transport heritage.”Though the restoration project, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has started and is expected to be complete by 2016 there will still be ongoing maintenance work and support activities requiring volunteers’ practical work after then.
The minimum age for working volunteers is 16, though there is no minimum membership age.
For further details, please look on the Trust’s website – www.electricautocar.co.uk – or phone Stephen Middleton on 01423 561 965.