The DMU Group strive to ensure the five railcar vehicles in their possession are always kept in top class condition. We differ from many other groups on the railway by owning and operating a complete working train instead of being responsible only for a locomotive or a passenger carrying carriage.
The responsibilities are therefore much broader in scope concerning a complex mechanical and electrical set of coaches. There is also the internal and external appearance of the units to be kept in good order. This is in addition to supplying staff to operate the coaching stock (including buffet and dining facilities). There is also the behind the scenes paperwork to manage as well as looking after our supply of spare parts.
Do not worry if you are unable to offer practical help as even the income from your membership subscription helps the cause. You are still welcome.
However, if you do want to offer some of your spare time to help maintain and operate the diesel multiple units on the Severn Valley Railway, then even better. Why not consider volunteering, join in with the group’s activities and importantly enjoy yourself at the same time. The work is very rewarding, no experience being required and a high standard of training can be given where required. A warm welcome awaits.
Tasks can be wide and varied and there is usually something that needs doing that suits every ones ability. Assistance in any form is always welcomed. It is important to recognise that a professional railway background is not necessary to get involved.
With enough commitment to the group, and subject to passing the necessary examinations, did you know it is possible to eventually qualify to drive the diesel multiple units?
UK regulations require intended persons who volunteer to work with the DMU Group to have attended an elementary level of railway safety type of induction course. For insurance purposes working volunteers should also be members of the Severn Valley Railway Company Limited.
Donations to help keep the DMU running in passenger service on the Severn Valley Railway are always welcome. Operating & maintenance costs can be significant.
The membership rates are set out in the table below and are Renewable annually.