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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 email [email protected]

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.


Passenger Services Assistant - Closing Date For Applications 25th February 2019

Seasonal Paid Vacancy 40 hours per week (flexible days and hours)

£8.21 per hour.

We are seeking to recruit 4 seasonal Passenger Services Assistants (either April to September, April to October or April to December) to play a key role in ensuring our passengers and visitors have a great time with us.

Download the job advert here

Download the application form here

Permanent Way Operative - Closing Date For Applications 4th March 2019

Permanent Paid Vacancy 40 hours per week

£8.21 per hour (£17,076 per annum)

We are seeking to recruit a Permanent Way Operative to play a key role in ensuring the track of the railway is maintained to ensure the safe passage of trains.

Download the job advert here

Download the Role Profile and Job Information here

Download the application form here