It was full steam ahead for volunteers at Kirklees Light Railway.

The Clayton West family attraction held a trial weekend for people volunteering as train drivers and general helpers.

The railway is a miniature replica steam train which is enjoyed by 60,000 people a year as it puffs along its three and a half mile journey from Clayton West to Shelley.

Volunteer co-ordinator Richard Hale said: “The volunteer weekend was a big success and families turned out in their hundreds.

“We had between five and seven hundred people on Sunday, and close to a thousand on Saturday.”

The attraction only has a small number of paid staff and requires volunteers from the community to keep it open for children to enjoy.

“We are in need of more train drivers”, Richard said.

“You don’t need any specific qualifications or a special driving licence, but training can take up to two years.”

In October, Kirklees Light Railway will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The attraction is funded by passenger fares and runs every weekend, and seven days a week during school holidays.

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