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Volunteering and Staff

Swanage Railway relies on volunteers who are essential to ensure we can operate trains on Dorset’s premier heritage railway.

Our friendly team always have a warm welcome for new faces and there is a myriad of tasks and opportunities that you can help us with, including many non-railway aspects.

You don’t need any prior railway experience because we have all the people and skills to train you to undertake all aspects of the railway’s operations.

Our friendly team can undertake all the training to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable volunteering experience with us, no matter what aspect of the railway you choose to get involved with, and there are support staff on-hand every day that you choose to help this motivated team.

There is no minimum commitment, you can come down as often as you wish.

For some operational aspects of the railway (such as Driver, Fireman, Signalman and Guards) we ask you undertake this reasonably frequently to ensure you remain competent, and our friendly volunteer liaison officer can discuss this further with you.

Our aim is always to ensure you have an enjoyable and rewarding volunteering experience, no matter what aspect of our friendly multidiscipline team you choose to get involved with.

More details on the opportunities available and how to become a member of our volunteer team are on the Swanage Railway Charitable Trust’s Website

Alternatively contact Volunteer Liaison Officer, Mike Whitwam, Telephone 01929 475212 or in writing c/o Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB.

e-mail: [email protected]


​Catering Assistant

We are currently seeking volunteers to work in our catering department: the Birds Nest Buffet at Swanage, the Kiosk at Norden and the on train Micro Buffet.

Please contact Penny Smith Catering Department 07776 258771

Occasionally paid full time or seasonal vacancies are available, and are advertised on this page.

Contact details for paid roles will be advertised on this page during the advertising period for applications.



Salary: negotiable based on experience


Swanage Railway is an award winning heritage railway carrying 200,000 passengers a year, making it one of the leading tourist attractions in Dorset.

You’ll be working in a team of people who are passionate about restoring and maintaining our fleet of heritage steam and diesel locomotives, carriages and wagons to operate our services.

The role

As a Steam Locomotive Fitter you will play the important role of ensuring there are a sufficient number of serviceable steam locomotives to operate Swanage Railway various services. 

You will have the opportunity to put your engineering skills to use through carrying out the maintenance, repair and overhaul of steam locomotives and other stock.  Working on your own and as part of a team, you will follow required procedures to complete examinations and tasks to a high standard, often to a tight deadline.  Ensuring engineering hygiene and promoting the benefits of a clean and safe environment will also be key aspects of the role.

Working within our Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Dept. you will have the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the technical aspects of operating our heritage railway and working within a ‘volunteer led’ organisation with a strong focus on improving services.

The person

·       A minimum of 3 years’ experience of maintenance and overhaul in a mechanical engineering environment including hand fitting, welding, pipe work and brazing.

·       Ideally, but not essentially, technical competence in repairing and maintaining steam locomotives

·       Educated to GCSE level or equivalent with a minimum of 3 subjects, including Maths and English

·       Self-reliant but also a team player with a positive attitude to working with both volunteers and staff to solve problems constructively

·       A ‘can-do’ attitude along with an honest and pragmatic approach to work

Benefits of working for Swanage Railway

·       Salary negotiable based on experience, 40-hour week (including flexible hours and days)

·       28 days holiday including statutory bank holidays

·       Contributory pension scheme subject to conditions

·       Free or subsidised refreshments when working.

How to apply

Please contact Lorna Lock at [email protected] for an information pack and application form.

Download the vacancy information and application form here

No agencies.

Closing Date:  12.00 Tuesday 5th June 2018              

Interview Date: Wednesday 13th June 2018