As a member you have the opportunity to drive and guard trains. However, every member starts on the Diamond Valley Station assisting the public to board and disembark the trains. This includes a variety of roles including ticket collection, train dispatching, and arrivals supervision (opening the gate to let the passengers off the station safely).
Becoming a Guard
Once you have demonstrated you can operate Stations, you have the opportunity to join our train crew. As a Guard, you are responsible for the safety of around 30 people whilst the train is travelling more than 2km around Eltham Lower Park. Written or verbal examinations demonstrate that you understand how to Guard a train safely.
Becoming a Driver
After 30 hours of being on a train as a Guard you have the opportunity to become a non-steam driver (Petrol/Diesel/Electric powered). As a Driver, you are responsible for the safety of around 30 people for 2km around Eltham Lower Park. Driving a train is a responsible and a fulfilling experience, that you attain after an easy but regulated training regime. Written or verbal examinations demonstrate that you understand how to Drive a train safely. After a year of non-steam driving, there is also the ultimate and challanging opportunity to train to be a steam loco driver which requires a different set of skills. Talk to one of our steam engine drivers anytime you are at the Railway, they love the challenge!
Controlling the passage of the trains is a vital and responsible task to keep the railway running. It is desirable for you to have qualified as a Guard before training as a Signaller so you know the track and signals.