I'm looking to test a theory: Much of the volunteer recruitment effort at the NYMR has been targeted at existing members. My view is that a member is well aware that the railway is partly run by volunteers, has some idea what would be involved, and has probably made a conscious decision to support the organisation through passive means. Fine – thank you very much for your interest! I get the feeling that more new volunteers could be found amongst those who come for a day out, enjoy themselves, and could be attracted to a new practical challenge in their spare time. Essentially, the key requirement is attitude & aptitude, not an interest in things railway. How does that tie in with the experience of others involved in attracting volunteers on other lines? I was particularly struck with the advertising materials on the FR & WHR last year; emphasis on what you could get out of the work that would be of use in the “real” world.