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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.


Operations Assistant - Full Time Permanent Paid

Salary C£20,000 Per Annum 40 hour week (flexible days and hours)

As Operations Assistant you will play the important role of ensuring that we operate our train services safely and punctually. With an understanding of railway operation you will have the opportunity to put your practical and organisational abilities to use through effective rostering, ordering of consumables, ensuring an organised and tidy work environment, supervising the use of our carriage washing equipment and undertaking some railway operational duties.

Working as part of a team, you won’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty whilst following required procedures to ensure that things run smoothly to a high standard and often to a tight deadline. Ensuring good practice and promoting the benefits of an efficient, clean and safe environment will also be key aspects of the role.

Working within our Operations Department, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability in the various aspects of operating our heritage railway and working within a ‘volunteer led’ organisation with a strong focus on improving services.

Download the role profile and job information here

Download the role advertisement here

Download the application form here

Closing Date: 12.00 Monday 12th August 2019

Interview Date: Wednesday 21st August 2019