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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]


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.


Steam Loco Fitter - Permanent Full Time Paid

We are currently seeking a Steam Locomotive Fitter for the Swanage Railway Company based at Swanage; See below for full details.

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Museum Manager - Full Time Permanent

We are currently seeking a Museum Manager for the Swanage Railway Trust Museums at Corfe Castle Station and Norden; See below for full details.

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Catering Supervisor - Temporary March - October 2017

We are currently seeking a catering supervisor for our Buffet at Swanage Station and Kiosk at Norden Station.  See below for full details.

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