Who are we?
What is the Downs Light Railway?
A unique learning experience for young people through doing, interacting with adults and other children who are younger or older, developing essential life skills that will better prepare them for meaningful and fulfilling careers, while building a knowledge about a cornerstone of national identity and heritage.
The Downs Light Railway means many things to different people. For some it provides the steppingstones towards careers in the science, technology, and engineering industries. For those who thrive on a practical learning, it opens new doors to personal development. To others it is simply a fun and challenging environment to explore new skills and develop railway related interests.
Children aged 7 to 17 can take part on the Downs Light Railway through our out-of-school holiday activity programmes. Pupils from The Downs Malvern can take part through their extra-curricular activity programme. All these activities are open to young people regardless of their ability, gender, or background. It is the taking part that counts!
When are the activity sessions?
Activity Sessions & Courses
The Downs Malvern - Saturday Morning Hobbies
Running events are organised ad-hoc. The operating session starts approximately two hours before the event starts and ends one hour after the event finishes. Youth members and adult volunteers are expected to work as a unitary team. Ensuring the railway is setup and closed at the end of the day is an important discipline.
What are the costs?
The Downs Malvern Pupils
General youth member activities are not part of The Downs Malvern's hobbies and are charged seperately.
External Visits by Schools and Youth Groups
What equipment is needed?
What do I need to buy?
- Safety Coveralls - can only be bought from the Downs Light Railway Trust for children.
- Safety Shoes
- Safety Rigging Gloves
What if my child does not have the required PPE?
Simply, your child cannot participate in the operation and maintenance activities of the railway.
Shoes are often the most difficult item to source for smaller children. If suitable items cannot be found that fit, then your child will unfortunately have to forfeit taking part until they have grown sufficiently.
What will the DLR provide?
Will my child get to drive the trains?
Learning progression is based on individual ability to absorb and retain information, multi-task and respond timely to evolving situations. Our locomotives are not toys and for some individuals it will take longer to progress than others.
Sometimes our locomotives require servicing or maintenance. This can often take the locomotive out of service for an undetermined period, stopping driver training. For the most part, young people learn how to fix or repair these locomotives. So the lack of operation does not diminish the learning opportunities available.