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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 


You can download the Volunteering Leaflet here

Alternatively contact Volunteer Liaison Officer, Mike Whitwam, Telephone 01929 475212 (answerphone) 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.


Wessex Belle Table and Bar Staff

£8.21 per hour. Zero Hours. Fixed Term Contract

You will play a leading part in ensuring an enjoyable experience for our diners on board our restored 1950’s heritage dining train – The Wessex Belle.

You’ll be able to delight our customers through exceptional service delivered on board our award winning dining train. Your duties will include interacting positively with our diners, taking orders and serving food and beverages as well as preparation and tidying duties.

Our Dining Trains generally run between March and December. During this period shifts are normally Friday and Saturdays18.45 to 23.00, and Sundays 12.15 to 16.00. Notice will be given as early as possible of the working hours offered, however we are unable to guarantee the number of hours that will be available.

The Person
Excellent ‘people’ skills
Team Player
Initiative / ‘can do ‘ approach

Benefits of working for Swanage Railway
Flexible shift availability.
Free meal available at end of shift.

Download the vacancy information sheet here

Download the vacancy application form here

When completed your application form and cv should be emailed to [email protected]

Closing Date: Monday September 23rd 2019.        Interview Date:   Friday 4th October 2019.