As part of the #LoveYourRailway #Volunteers Campaign initiated by North Yorkshire Moors Railway, from 9th – 15th August 2021 we are focusing on some of our volunteers. All  our volunteers are vitally important to Crich Tramway Village – home to the National Tramway Museum. Those featured below (one per day) are happy to share their reasons for volunteering and hopes for the future.

Thursday 12th August 2021 – Andrew Hanbury

I’m interested in almost all forms of transport but my main interests are trams, trains and buses. In terms of hobbies, I like to visit various heritage railways and travel around the country on the railways.

I’m 15 and originally from Nottinghamshire but have lived in Derbyshire all my life.

I wanted to volunteer because my grandparents first brought me to Crich Tramway Village in 2009 when I was 2 or 3, and I always have wanted to be a volunteer one day and crew the trams. Then in 2018, Alan Barber, a Duty Inspector volunteer, introduced my friend, James Shillabeer and I, and we had our volunteer introduction in 2019. As a volunteer, I get  satisfaction seeing visitors happy and knowing I’ve had a part in that.

I’ve always wanted to be a train driver from a very young age, however that area is most likely to come under threat from AI during my lifetime, so I’m not really sure.

Photos courtesy of Guzelian Press Agency.


Andrew Hanbury - photo courtesy Guzelian Press Agency
Andrew (right) with friend James Shillabeer - credit Guzelian Press Agency
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