Where would you like to help?
The Railway is run by Volunteers from all walks of life and age groups. When you visit us you will see the Volunteers – the driver, signalman and the station staff, answering enquiries, working on the line, in general, ensuring that the Railway runs efficiently and safely.
Volunteers are the mainstay of our operation and you are welcome to assist, as and when you can, whether this is on a regular or occasional basis. A willingness to work as a member of a team, to ‘smile’ and help others do the same, are the only essential qualifications, although certain positions need acquired skills, of course. These can be obtained by ‘on the job’ training. Whatever time you can spare will always be appreciated. The Railway and the other Volunteers will welcome your commitment and, in return we can promise you a very fulfilling time – along with very fulfilling cuppas.
Ticket Office – selling tickets, answering enquiries, meeting/greeting the public.
Station Café & Kitchen Staff – Making hot drinks, serving cakes, cold drinks and ice cream as well as washing up and clearing tables.
The Sidings’ Bar – general bar work ie serving drinks, cleaning, clearing glasses & wiping tables.
The Sidings’ Catering Staff – Cooking or Serving the BBQ (steam days, Friday evenings & special events).
Gardening – If you have green fingers, your help would be appreciated. As well as the small station garden we have other areas yet to be developed as well as an adjacent camping field to maintain.
Restoration Work – Buildings. These need maintaining ie re-pointing, roof repairs, woodwork repairs & painting.
Restoration Work – Stock. We have a variety of locomotives and rolling stock in various stages of repair. Carpenters, Engineers, Coachbuilders, Coach Repairers and Painters are required.
Signal & Telegraph. We are still renovating the levers etc to go in the newly appointed signal box. Would you like to be in at the start of our operations?
You are welcome to join any part of our operational department. You will be asked to undertake a basic Track Safety test – after training for this – to ensure your safety and that of others at all times.
Steam Locomotive Crew – no vacancies at present but do fill in a volunteer form and leave it with us if you wish. Diesel Crew – no vacancies at present but do fill in a volunteer form and leave it with us if you wish.
Shunter – acts as the driver’s assistant. No vacancies at present but do fill in a volunteer form and leave it with us if you wish.
Guard – The guard is in charge of the train and its safety depends upon his actions. A trainee will be started as a Travelling Ticket Inspector (TTI) rostered with an experienced Guard. There is a vacancy at the moment.
Note: children 16 and under require an adult to stay with them. In the interests of safety young people under 21 will require a mentor.