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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]


Volunteer Fundraiser - Capital Funds  

The Swanage Railway is looking for highly effective fundraiser to raise capital funds, in line with its strategy, to ensure funding for major projects in order to sustain its future.  

The successful applicant will need to have experience of major fundraising or marketing in a similar or larger organisation and ideally, be a member of the Institute of Fundraising.  

Please click here for a full copy of the advert and the Volunteer Role Profile for this exciting role

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) setting out why you believe you are the right person for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the Volunteer Role Profile.  

Closing date: 12.00 on Monday 5th February 2018.  

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 19th February 2018

​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.


Catering Assistant - Seasonal

40 Hours Per Week (including some weekends and bank holiday)

£7.50 per hour.

Closing Date for Applications: Open

Interview Date: To Be Arranged

Download the vacancy information and application form here