Six fantastic volunteering opportunities across UK railways



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Each of us can appreciate the amazing work of the staff who care for and run the UK’s many railways, from the popular heritage lines like North Yorkshire Moors Railway to the smaller, light railway’s like Sittingbourne & Kemsley.

You can help preserve these historic railways alongside fellow volunteers who take pride in their all-important work. There are plenty of opportunities available and we have a selection right here for you…

Whistlestop Valley

The Friends of Kirklees Light Railway is a group of dedicated volunteers who support the small team of permanent Whistlestop Valley staff to maintain and operate the railway.

They assist in a number of areas such as track maintenance and engineering works.

There is no minimum number of hours or experience needed to become a volunteer and training will be given when required.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Put yourself in the picture at NYMR.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), the UK’s most popular heritage railway.

With a myriad of fantastic roles available, it’s a challenging but hugely rewarding opportunity – with the offer of experiences that money just can’t buy!

Get on board and start your journey today!


The Apedale Valley Light Railway is a 2’0” gauge line using steam and diesel locos.

It runs beside the Apedale Country Park In Newcastle-under-Lyne.

The railway is run by the volunteers of the Moseley Railway Trust.

We are a friendly bunch and welcome new volunteers in all areas, including shop work, restoration and engineering, and train operations.

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway is located in attractive countryside, next to the River Nene, and just outside Peterborough. 

It is a small railway and relies for its operations almost entirely on a diverse group of volunteers. 

What we lack in size and resources, we make up for in our welcome to all our visitors, and to our volunteers. 

There is a wide range of roles and tasks to undertake so come and join us.

If you are over 18 email [email protected] and one of the team will be in touch

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway is always looking for new volunteers, we have been going for 50 years this year and the need for help is greater than ever as Premier returns to service and Leader bows out.

From front of house to behind the scenes, gardeners to engineers everyone’s welcome!

Photo: After nearly 30 years, Premier (Kerr, Stuart & Co. Brazil Class, of 1905) will return to service this year in as close to as-built condition as possible and in a deeper green with cream lining as originally painted. 

Dean Forest Railway Society

Whatever your background or experience level, whatever age or sex, we have many roles at the railway and certainly one to suit you.

Be it customer facing roles like guard, signalman, ticket inspector, to behind the scenes roles like permanent way, rolling stock restoration and lineside clearance.

We also have opportunities in our shop and catering teams, or maybe working on the railway’s publicity and fundraising team’s appeals to you? 

If you’re looking to volunteer regularly, or can only give an hour a month, there are many ways you can contribute to our line.


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