West Somerset Railway

Current Vacancies


Advertised Vacancies

Two Roles of Chief Mechanical Engineer & Head of Infrastructure

Closing Date: 31st May 2020

The West Somerset Railway (WSR) operates preserved Steam and Diesel locomotives, hauling heritage rolling stock between Bishop’s Lydeard and Minehead. It operates a timetabled service and special Gala events between April and October, plus specials during the Christmas period. The WSR railway has over 1000 volunteers and a small paid staff.

We are looking for two roles, that of Chief Mechanical Engineer and Head of Infrastructure, who will be responsible for the day to day delivery of the Locomotive and Rolling Stock and the Infrastructure respectively. These are both important roles in the development of the railway and key to the delivery of a safe and sustainable railway for the long-term. They will both report to the General Manager.

The prospective job holders will need to show previous experience in the technical aspects of the role and staff management capability, and they will need to be prepared to lead and manage change. Railway experience is a requirement, but this does not have to be solely in the Preserved Sector. Prospective candidates should submit their CV (on no more than 2 pages) and application form with a short covering note to: HR, WSR PLC, The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG.

A more detailed role profile and application form can be obtained from Sam Eastaugh ([email protected]). For informal discussion about the post please contact:

Jonathan Jones-Pratt

West Somerset Railway PLC, Warren Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG

Email: [email protected]

Phone enquiries : 01643 700408

Volunteer Administrative Staff Vacancies (Full or Part time)

A number of volunteers are required at Minehead to undertake a variety of interesting and varied administrative duties. These include providing assistance to Directors and Managers within the Company.
Some of the positions are for part-time staff and job holders may work days and hours which suit their availability.

The positions will suit those with clerical experience in a busy environment. Applicants should be familiar with the use of PC's and spreadsheets.

If you, or anybody that you know, are interested, please submit brief details to [email protected] and somebody will contact you.