Home » Useful Info » Vacancies


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 Geoff Lowe and Catherine Hurd on email wsrtracker@yahoo.co.uk

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 ˝ 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

Vacancy for a Training Officer

Following the retirement of the current incumbent, Geoff Cross, there is now a vacancy for a Training Officer for the West Somerset Railway.

This volunteer position will suit a person who is self-motivating, and able to communicate easily with all departments on training issues. He or she will ideally be familiar with the Railway, and how the system works. A training background will be an advantage. He or she will be responsible for the organisation of training requested by Departments and the Management Team, either by in-house training staff, or by sourcing and negotiating with outside training bodies. Under current arrangements the Training Officer reports directly to the General Manager.

The Training Officer will be expected to work to a budget (currently £20K for 2015) which will be used to cover the costs of training, hire of venues, catering, printing, and teaching aids, all of which will be his or her responsibility.

The Training Officer chairs the Training Advisory Committee, and is expected to produce monthly reports to the Board and the Heads of Department. He or she will also be expected to attend Heads of Department meetings. The Training Officer will also be required to undertake special tasks/projects from time to time as requested by the Board of Directors.

The Training Officer will need to be computer literate, and maintain records. Training office equipment includes a video projector, speakers, screen, stand, and lap-top, which will be made available to all departments for departmental training needs. The PTS Instructor  `stands alone`, but works closely with the Training Officer.

This position requires the successful candidate to be available around the Railway for probably a couple of days per week, and can expect to be contacted out of working hours from time to time. The Training Officer is not normally expected to attend all training sessions he or she has organised.

The retiring Training Officer will be available to advise the new incumbent for a short period of time.

Applications should be made to the General Manager please. 
Paul Conibeare
West Somerset Railway plc
The Railway Station

Back To Useful Info

© West Somerset Railway 2015

Online Ticketing