West Somerset Railway
The Railway Station
Tel: (+44) 01643 704 996
Individual enquiries and applications are always welcomed at any time.
Volunteers Age 18+:
Please contact us on Telephone 01823 433856 or email [email protected]
The West Somerset Railway offers work experience placements that are designed to fit around the requirements of individuals ranging from Secondary School young people to University students preparing their Dissertations. There are a limited number of these per year on a first come first served basis. Please call 01643 704996.
Youth Volunteers (Trackers):
The West Somerset Railway can accept volunteers who are under the age of 18. The tracker scheme encourages boys and girls to take an active part in the operation of the railway by allowing them to work alongside adult volunteers. By doing this the trackers will hopefully gain valuable life skills which they can use in the future and include on their CV. This is done in a safe environment and in a structured and controlled way. To discuss becoming a Tracker please contact Geoff Lowe/Catherine Hurd via email at [email protected]
Lots of different skills are required. As a prospective new volunteer you could experience supervised work training in any of the following disciplines.
All new volunteers are required to undertake training and induction for the role they will undertake. This will be carried out by each department Please indicate your role preference when applying.
Please click on the discipline you are interested in to see further information.
At the bottom of this page current specific vacancies are listed.
Please click on the discipline that you are interested in to see more information.
There are around 400-500 active volunteers whose contribution help makes the West Somerset Railway 'tick'. Indeed, without their considerable input the West Somerset Railway would probably cease to tick! Volunteers are able to assist (subject to undertaking a training programme and passing a medical in some cases) in all aspects of the WSR, and their contribution is absolutely vital towards ensuring the success and future growth of the Railway. On any given day, the footplate crew, guard, ticket inspector, booking clerk, stationmaster, track worker, buffet car steward - and many, many more are likely to be volunteers.
To apply to become a volunteer complete the paperwork and post it to the Bishops Lydeard address.
Investigate Somerset Archive (and beyond - funded trips to Kew, Wiltshire etc) to gain copies of bridge drawings and any other relevant infrastructure information - initial priority is over-bridge drawings (where the railway goes over something). This is an important role to help restore the Railway's technical drawing archive.
Track Inspection - we are undertaking a rigorous inspection of the permanent way over the next few weeks. This will include a chain-by-chain survey and rail measurement. We are looking for staff to assist - it's light work but it will involve walking a number of miles and will require PTS.
Fishplate and Flange Gang- dedicated team to change fishplates, oil plates and maintain flange oilers. This is a new team we would like to establish that will meet on a weekly basis. We are looking for a person to lead it, and staff to carry out the work. It is physical job which will require PTS as well as Rule P training and method training for those leading the group. It is likely to be a weekly team, but the working day is not yet determined until we have volunteers come forward (it will not be a Sunday since this clashes with the PW Volunteer gang). You do not necessarily need previous experience in Permanent Way work, but an interest in track engineering is helpful.
The West Somerset Railway is seeking applications for the volunteer post of Williton Station Master. As one of Britain’s leading Heritage Railway’s the position will put the successful candidate at the forefront of customer care.
The Station Master is responsible for the functioning of the Station, ensuring the Station is clean and tidy and presents a positive image of the railway to visitors and managing the station staff working there. The post also includes liaison between other station master and friends of groups.
To apply, please write enclosing CV and details of relevant experience to:-
West Somerset Railway plc
The Railway Station
or email : [email protected]