By Geoff Courtney
ONE of the heritage railway movement’s youngest general managers is hoping that the tantalising prospect of running a station or being in charge of a steam locomotive will boost his volunteer base against a background of increasing visitor numbers and a sharp increase in dining train numbers.
Earlier this year Jonnie Wesson became general manager of Tunbridge Wells-based Spa Valley Railway at the age of 23, a decade after he had joined the five-mile line as a volunteer. Now he is in overall charge he has launched an appeal for people to follow in his volunteer footsteps – a campaign that will be only too recognisable to probably every heritage line in the country.
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The railway, which runs from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge via High Rocks and Groombridge stations, has 225 volunteers on its books, but there are vacancies aplenty in a variety of roles.
Read more in Issue 220 of Heritage Railway