Volunteer Open Day for society

The railway station at Milton of Crathes
The railway station at Milton of Crathes

If you ever wanted to become an engine driver, a guard or an engineer then you have the chance at Milton of Crathes next week.

Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society is holding an open day for volunteers on Wednesday, July 20, from 2-8pm.

The society’s members are all volunteers and officials are keen to recruit new members.

Would-be volunteers are being invited along to the railway near Banchory to see for themselves what is on offer.

Society vice-chairman David Pearson, 60, said no experience is required as full training will be provided.

He added: “We are a friendly bunch so we are hoping for a good response to the open day as we have a shortage of volunteers.

“None of us in the society is getting any younger and we are looking on the event as way of attracting new blood.

“We don’t have a waiting list so anyone who joins up will be able to start training straight away.”

Volunteering also includes track work, assisting in the shop, or helping in the buffet car.

Experienced staff will be on hand to answer all questions, and demonstrations will be given.

Everyone is welcome to attend the open day and complimentary refreshments will be available.

Next services are this Saturday, which will be diesel, and steam on Sunday.

Services run every 45 minutes from 11am to 4.15pm.