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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]



The Swanage Railway is looking for a highly effective Administration Assistant to work in its busy Operations Office at Swanage.

Working as part of a team, you’ll join people who are passionate about delivering safe, reliable and punctual train services using our heritage steam and diesel locomotives.

You’ll have excellent administrative and organisational skills, along with accuracy, initiative and interpersonal skills

For full  details of the role and how to apply, please  click the links below to download the Volunteer Role Profile and Application Form:

Download the vacancy information and application form here

Applications should be submitted along with a CV, by 12.00 on Thursday 29th March 2018, setting out why you are the right person for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the Volunteer Role Profile, either email them to :

[email protected]

or by post to


Swanage Railway Trust

Station House


Dorset BH19 1HB

​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.


Wessex Belle Waiting Staff - Seasonal (April - December)

Zero Hours Contract but typically 2 X 4.5 hours per week available)

Friday Evenings, Saturday Evenings and Sunday Lunches.

£7.83 per hour from 1st April 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 12th March 2018

Interview Date: 19th March 2018

Download the vacancy information and application form here

Passenger Services Clerk - Seasonal (April - October / April - December)

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

£7.83 per hour from 1st April 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 9th March 2018

Interview Date: 19th March 2018

Download the vacancy information and application form here