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Vacancy- Locomotive Dept.


The West Somerset Railway is among the leading heritage railways in the country and has been awarded several major national awards during the last 10 years. A vacancy exists for a person to assist with the maintenance and overhaul of steam locomotives and other heritage rolling stock.

 Preference will be given to applicants who have experience of working with steam locomotives and other rolling stock in a heritage railway environment.

 The work will be based at Minehead. The hours will be 40 per week, some of which will be during the weekend.

 Closing date for applications is 25th July 2014.

 To apply, please write enclosing CV and details of relevant heritage railway experience to:-

Andrew Forster

West Somerset Railway plc

The Railway Station


Somerset TA24 5BG.

 Or E-mail:-


Turntable Cafe - Vacancy

We have a seasonal vacancy in the Turntable Café on Minehead Station.  The work includes clearing and cleaning, making hot drinks, basic food preparation and serving customers.  Full training will be given.

You’ll need to be a good team worker with excellent customer service skills, and an understanding of food hygiene.  A level 2 food safety qualification would be an advantage.  Immediate start available.

To apply please email your CV to catering@wsrail.net or if you prefer pop into the café with your CV and have a chat with Alex.

Volunteering your time to help the Railway - Preserving the Past for the Future
Individual enquiries and applications are always welcomed at any time.
Volunteers Age 18+: Please contact Mel Hillman, New Volunteer Co-ordinator, The Railway Station, Bishops Lydeard, TA4 3BX, Telephone 01823 433856 or email volunteers@wsrail.net  

Youth Volunteers: The West Somerset Railway can accept volunteers who are under the age of 18, these volunteers are referred to as the West Somerset Railway Trackers. 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. Places for under 18’s are limited and are extremely popular. For more information please contact Samantha Minter on 01643 700384 or email sam.com@wsrail.net

Volunteering on the Railway

Lots of different skills are required. As a prospective new volunteer you could experience supervised work training in any of the following disciplines. Please click on the discipline you are interested in to see further information and 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.  


All new volunteers are required to attend a 1.5 hour induction session before volunteering on the railway. Click on the tab below to access the information sheet/booking form. This should be returned with the other forms.



We are looking for volunteers to help control our growing rabbit population across the length of the line. Applicants must hold a firearms license, either restricted or unrestricted and be available to take part in a ½ day personal track safety course. For more information please contact Andrew Young 07872839109 or email andrew.young@wsrail.net
Blue Anchor Stationmaster Vacancy
The West Somerset Railway is seeking applications for the volunteer post of Blue Anchor 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 and Ticket Office, 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:-

Paul Conibeare
West Somerset Railway plc
The Railway Station

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