Swanage Railway Volunteering and Jobs Page
How to become a Volunteer with the Swanage Railway, and information on full-time staff vacancies
There's more to working on the Swanage Railway than driving trains or collecting tickets!
The Swanage Railway thrives as a busy seaside railway. It relies on its mainly volunteer workforce to enable it to operate one of the most intensive private railway services in Britain. This page will also include information on full and part-time paid Swanage Railway staff vacancies which arise from time to time.
Please visit the Swanage Railway Trust's dedicated Volunteering page here where you will find numerous illustrated leaflets, including the Overview Brochure shown below, on becoming a volunteer in around 20 different areas of work. The brochures are available to download in PDF format suitable for printing or viewing on screen.
Please click on the image to download a copy suitable for printing or viewing.
There are so many varied jobs around our Railway that whatever your professional background, skills or interest, you can find a niche which allows you to contribute to the success of the whole enterprise. Full training is given where necessary. Our Swanage Railway Volunteers In Action Page here will give you an insight into the range of activities you can participate in as a volunteer on and around the railway.
Click on the images above to download copies of the Swanage Railway volunteer posters designed by Luke Farley.
Whilst the Swanage Railway always welcomes Volunteers in all areas and departments
throughout the year,
we have the following specific vacancies which we need to fill urgently:
The Swanage Railway has no paid vacancies at present.
Volunteers are urgently needed at Swanage Station to help with the Wessex Belle platform work and with running cables. We would also like a small team of painters, ideally to: a) paint the station seats and the newly-installed lamp posts on 'the Squint'; and b) refresh the inside of the platform staff mess room.
Applicants should contact Mrs Lorna Lock directly:
• Locomotive Cleaners - The first Step on the locomotive department ladder. Promotion to Swanage Railway Fireman / Driver is possible and full training will be given.
Work on our fantastic collection of steam locomotives and see first hand what's involved in keeping these locomotives running in the 21st Century.
We need more Locomotive Cleaners urgently! If you are interested call the operations office direct on 01929 475203
• Trainee Porters/Guards/Travelling Ticket Inspectors - Become the public face of the railway, meeting and greeting our visitors but also ensuring safety of train operations. Please also see our news page here
• Trainee Signalmen - We will be running our next Signalman's Training School shortly.
The Swanage Railway's Signalman Training School is considered to be one of the best in preservation.
If you would like to join the next class please contact Mike Whitwam on 01929 475212 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful completion of the training school will allow you to work our fabulous new signal box at Corfe Castle along with our award winning Signal Boxes at Swanage and Harmans Cross.
Permanent way volunteers - applications may be made at any time
Shop part-time sales staff - applications may be made at any time
Steam trains run on most weekends throughout the year and daily from April to October. In July and August we operate a very intensive service with a train every 40 minutes, plus an evening diesel service that runs till after 11pm. You can see why we need plenty of volunteers!
One of the aims of the Swanage Railway Trust (the charity that has overall control of the Railway), is to reinstate the line to Wareham and facilitate a rail service that will connect the Isle of Purbeck to the main-line railway. With this in mind, work has already been completed beyond Norden to the end of the Network Rail line at Motala. Once the necessary work has been carried out on the presently disused part of the Network Rail line, we will have a rail link that will allow excursions in and out of Swanage, as well as, eventually, services to Wareham or beyond.
All these aims require much money and labour. Most of our labour by far is from volunteers as this is the only cost-effective way that we can undertake the work. This labour takes many forms, as this leaflet shows, so whether you want to get involved physically (laying track, working with locomotives or carriages, signalling etc.), or whether you would like to help with administration, publicity, fundraising etc., there is a place for you at our Railway. We also need people willing to work in the shop or in catering, checking tickets on the trains, acting as station staff and generally making our customers' day a memorable and enjoyable one.
You can be a part of this by becoming a working member in one of our many departments. You do not need specific skills as training will be given in your chosen area. Junior members who can join our "Sygnets Youth Group", are also welcome. See our separate leaflet for details of volunteering.
INTERESTED? Please contact Mike Whitwam, our Volunteer Liaison Officer, who will introduce you to the Railway and a suitable starting point in your chosen railway career.
We can then show you the various areas that interest you and introduce you to the departmental or project managers, and you can meet other volunteers at work. If you can't wait or just want to find out more about some of the work undertaken by volunteers, then please visit the Swanage Railway Trust's dedicated Volunteering page here where you will find numerous illustrated leaflets on becoming a volunteer in around 20 different areas of work, available to download in PDF format suitable for printing.
Mike Whitwam - Telephone 01929 475212 all times (answerphone facility is available)