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Joining BHME

Do I need to be an engineer?

No – a significant proportion of our members have no formal engineering background, for example we have school children, firefighters, painter and decorators and a few engineers of various types.

If I do own a locomotive when can I use the track?

Provided a steam locomotive has current hydraulic and steam tests then members are free to use the track at any time except whilst public are present.  When public are present members must have passed their driving test before they are allowed to drive.

 

Will someone help me build a locomotive?

Yes – Our members have a vast pool of knowledge which they are keen to share.  This ability to tap into our collective knowledge is really the main reason to join BHME.  The club now owns 2 'Diesel' locomotives and it may be possible to learn to drive on one or other of these locos.

 

Do I have to work on club days?

No – There is no 'requirement to work', Ravensprings Park is maintained and operated on a voluntary basis, however, to get the most out of the club it would be helpful if you assisted on Public Running Days and/or Birthday Parties. 

We meet every Wednesday and Sunday from 1030 to have a good natter and maintain Ravensprings Park, with members often running a locomotive and we enjoy ourselves with real trains.

 

Can I learn to Drive a Steam Train?

Yes - Although the club does not own any locomotives so it would depend on someone being willing to let you have a go with their own pride and joy.  

 

What if I just want to help run the railway?

Yes - you can be involved in all the jobs going from track laying, signal man, guard, porter, station master, signal and telegraph, catering and booking clerk (well take the money at the gate).  

 

What do I do Next?

In the first instance please contact us via the Contact Us Page and then we can discuss visiting Ravensprings Park on a Wednesday or Sunday so that you can have a chat and a good look around. 

 

If  you like what you see you can complete the application form and return on your next visit.

Please note all our members are required to undertake a DBS check, the club does not see the check and is only informed if an issue with child protection comes to light.

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JUNIOR MEMBERSHIPS

Do you have a child who is interested in trains? We welcome applications from junior members and hope to inspire the next generation of train enthusiasts. 

 

For safeguarding reasons a responsible adult must attend at all times whilst any minor is on-site,  therefore an adult safeguarding  membership is required for your child to join BHME.

 

In order to allow parents and guardians to share the safeguarding responsibility; this membership is flexible, and any two guardians may use the membership - however all guardians must have a BHME enhanced DBS check in order to meet the club rules. The child’s membership is FREE in the first year, £6 pa thereafter. 

 
Memberships run annually from January to December. To become a member simply send the junior members full name and age and, to use railways parlence, the names of the "owners representatives"  along with a contact number to ravenspringspark@gmail.com and we can arrange to welcome you, run through a quick safety briefing and show you briefly the important parts of the site. 

 

Whether it’s a day out with parents or grandparents, junior membership provides children under the age of 18 the opportunity to help us maintain the site and to learn all the associated jobs of running a railway including, if they show promise; driving locomotives.

Please note all our members are required to undertake a DBS check, the club does not see the check and is only informed if an issue with child protection comes to light.

20220611_082721.jpg

Joining BHME

Do I need to be an engineer?

No – a significant proportion of our members have no formal engineering background, for example we have school children, firefighters, painter and decorators and a few engineers of various types.

If I do own a locomotive when can I use the track?

Provided a steam locomotive has current hydraulic and steam tests then members are free to use the track at any time except whilst public are present.  When public are present members must have passed their driving test before they are allowed to drive.

 

Will someone help me build a locomotive?

Yes – Our members have a vast pool of knowledge which they are keen to share.  This ability to tap into our collective knowledge is really the main reason to join BHME.  The club now owns 2 'Diesel' locomotives and it may be possible to learn to drive on one or other of these locos.

 

Do I have to work on club days?

No – There is no 'requirement to work', Ravensprings Park is maintained and operated on a voluntary basis, however, to get the most out of the club it would be helpful if you assisted on Public Running Days and/or Birthday Parties. 

We meet every Wednesday and Sunday from 1030 to have a good natter and maintain Ravensprings Park, with members often running a locomotive and we enjoy ourselves with real trains.

 

Can I learn to Drive a Steam Train?

Yes - Although the club does not own any locomotives so it would depend on someone being willing to let you have a go with their own pride and joy.  

 

What if I just want to help run the railway?

Yes - you can be involved in all the jobs going from track laying, signal man, guard, porter, station master, signal and telegraph, catering and booking clerk (well take the money at the gate).  

 

What do I do Next?

In the first instance please contact us via the Contact Us Page and then we can discuss visiting Ravensprings Park on a Wednesday or Sunday so that you can have a chat and a good look around. 

 

If  you like what you see you can complete the application form and return on your next visit.

Please note all our members are required to undertake a DBS check, the club does not see the check and is only informed if an issue with child protection comes to light.

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