Volunteering and Working Weekends


There are a number of ways to support our project in addition to membership or sharesholding if you are able to spare some of your time to assist us either at our working weekends or be part of our engineering team, see below, or you might wish to assist us with our sales and publicity stand at various railway galas and events to raise awareness of our project, raise funds through sales of our merchandise and recruitment of new members / contributors to the project. If you are interested please contact our chairman / volunteer liaison officer Andrew Collett here  

Working Weekends

We aim to hold at least one working party weekend a month in co-operation with our friends at  the Swindon & Cricklade Railway
As always with our working weekends, no experience is necessary just enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. If you are interested please contact our contact our chairman / volunteer liaison officer Andrew Collett here  for a volunteer form to fill out.

Please note: as well as being a member of the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society, see joining details here,you will also need to be a Member of the Swindon & Cricklade Railway this ensures that all activities are fully covered by insurance.

Our current planned working weekends so far for 2020 are as follows:

4th / 5th April - CANCELLED

2nd / 3rd May - CANCELLED

13th / 14th June - CANCELLED

Note: due to Covid-19 secure working practices we have to limit working party numbers and therefore attendance of the following working weekends is by prior agereement with our our chairman / volunteer liaison officer Andrew Collett only.

15th / 16th August

5th / 6th September

3rd / 4th October 

These dates are subject to confirmation please check prior to attending with our contact our chairman / volunteer liaison officer Andrew Collett here  

Chief Mechanical Engineer

We aim to lift the boiler in late summer/autumn 2020. This will enable work to start on the frames and bogies; the latter components being removed at the same time as the boiler lift takes place. We are now rapidly approaching the point where we require a qualified CME, (Chief Mechanical Engineer) to guide us through all the component part development including crank axle, chain driven valve gear & centre cylinder. We will also be opening discussions with Vehicle Acceptance Bodies, The Office of Rail Regulation and potential Train Operating Companies which will require a suitably qualified person to lead these complex discussions. If you have relevant qualifications and/or experience for the CME role, or perhaps are aware of a suitable person, please contact our contact our chairman Andrew Collett here   

Tresurer /Finance Officer

Our current treasurer who has done a sterling job since the society and the CIC were set up has decided to stand down due to family & work commitments.

We thank him for all his hard work over the years, he will however remain part of the GSN team.

In light of this we are looking for somebody with a financial background that would be willing to take on the role of Treasurer / Finance Officer for the Society & CIC.

The role involves standard accounting procedures & attending monthly board meetings via skype.

If you are interested in this vital role please contact either our CIC Charman Andrew Collett here or Society Chaiman Gerry Leyman here.