Contact Details
Lorna Lock [email protected]
Published: 01 May 2024 Closing Date: 20 May 2024 Contract Type: Full-time



Job purpose


The job contributes to Swanage Railway Company’s success by ensuring the safe and punctual operations of its heritage steam and diesel.


Key accountabilities

  1. Assist the Operations Manager to maintain the train service and deputise when required
  2. Deliver the safe and punctual operation of all trains.
  3. Ensure the Department’s compliance with Swanage Railway Safety Management System.
  4. Ensure suitable numbers of trained and competent staff (volunteers and employees) within Motive Power, Signalling, Portering and Guarding.
  5. Assist with development and delivery of the Department’s Business Plan including budget planning and financial management.
  6. Assist with review and development of the Departmental Standards Manual including the competency management system including use of HOPS.


Additional responsibilities

  • Communicate to the wider Railway information about all services including additions, cancellations and alterations.
  • Ensure provision and maintenance of Departmental tools, equipment and consumables (including coal) to deliver services.
  • Produce and communicate Operational Instructions in line with SRC Rule Book.
  • Forecast and plan resource requirements for current and future train services.
  • Develop positive relationships across all grades, Managers and Directors.
  • Lead Operational emergency response and incident investigations.
  • Promote a positive safety culture.
  • Support Volunteers in line with our Volunteer Commitment.
  • Promote the Company’s Purpose, Vision and Values.
  • Carry out other duties as required by Swanage Railway Company.
  • Ensure that HOPS is maintained as an up to date record of Operational competencies.


This job is suitable for someone who can manage the day to day running of a busy railway, deputise for the Operations Manager and enjoys working with people in a variety of challenging physical environments.


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