Diesel Locomotive Department
article by: SJO
The Diesel Locomotive Department is the umberella organisation for several locomotive owning groups, who undertake restoration, maintenance and operation of the locomotives based on the GWR.
As a volunteer you can be involved in anything from the restoration or major overhaul of locomotives to the mundane (but necessary) preparation of a locomotive for traffic and its disposal at the end of the day. If you want to become involved in operations you can receive training that will eventually lead to your driving our locomotives. No special skills are required to become a volunteer and you will be given instruction on the projects that you choose to work on. You must be a member of the GWRT to become a volunteer and you will probably want to beome a member of one of the owning groups listed below.
Any voluntary contribution to the Diesel Department is welcomed however a minimum contribution is required in order to progress toward or to remain in an operational role. When you sign on, each time that you visit the railway as a volunteer, your attendance is recorded.
In order to be considered for training in an operational role, you must have been volunteering in the diesel locomotive department for a minimum of one year since the completion of your New Volunteer Day.
A contribution of at least 26 days volunteering per year (an average of one day every fortnight) would be expected to demonstrate commitment to the department and to the railway. It is expected that this contribution would continue following commencement of any training for an operational role. A commitment to the department is required because your training will be provided by other volunteers and it is important that their time and efforts are met with commitment from those they have helped.
The Growler Group: operating No 37215 and D6948
The Brush Type 4 Fund: operating No 47376 and overhauling No 47105
The Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group: operating Nos 45149 and D5343
Cotswold Diesel Railcar: operating Class 117, overhauling 122 unit and power car No W51363 and restoring power car Sc52029
Private owners: operating Nos D8137, E6036 and overhauling 24081
For further information and to apply
We are currently not recruiting new volunteers for this department, but to be placed on a waiting list please go the 'Contact Us' page of the web site and select 'volunteering' form the drop down list. In the message space please ask to be placed on the volunteer waiting list for the Diesel Dept. Alternatively please look at our web pages and select another department or complete and submit a volunteer application and join one of our New Volunteer Days to learn more about what volunteer roles we have to offer.