Volunteering on Great Britain's Heritage Railways

Have you thought of working as a volunteer on a Heritage Railway ?

Nearly all the Heritage and Preservation Railways throughout Great Britain require Volunteers to enable them operate.

If you want to be fired up at weekends and be able to forget the day job, then volunteering on a heritage railway could be the answer for you.

There is a unique sense of cameraderie about working in the present to preserve the past that springs from a common cause.

Whether you can manage only one or two days a year or every weekend, the Heritage Railways of Great Britain require your help to enable them to keep the trains running

Scroll down the page to view the various departments on the Strathspey Railway, these are common to the majority of Heritage Railways.

If you are interested in learning new skills and meeting people then joining a Heritage Railway may well provide the opportunities you are looking for

Whether you help at the nearest Heritage Railway to where you live or have a favourite which you have previously visited, it's participating in keeping the heritage railways of a bygone age alive as well as meeting new people, which will make the difference to you and the Heritage Railways movement.

To find a Heritage Railway near you, click the following link Heritage Railways Map.

To View other Heritage Railways Volunteering information on-line, click the following link Volunteering Information.


Volunteering on the Strathspey Railway

Almost all the staff you see on the Railway are volunteers - members of the Strathspey Railway Association running the Railway with professionalism and fun.

We look forward to welcoming you as part of the team!

There is something for everyone, ranging from working in the shop, to helping on the operational side as a Guard , Fireman or Driver. In addition there are opportunities to work on the permanent way or in the engineering department. Training is free - all we need is someone keen to work with other to further the Strathspey Railway.

Scroll down this page to view volunteering opportunities available on the Railway. Please talk with our staff - they will be pleased to tell you all about their jobs on the Railway.

To give you a idea of the type of work currently available at the railway, have a look at the web sites linked in the footer of this page, to view various departments and current projects at the railway.

To find out more about Volunteering at the Strathpey Railway please contact Neil MacQueen ????? Volunteer co-ordinator.


Traffic Department

These volunteers can be seen all round the Railway. We need Guards,

Booking Clerks and Shop Assistants

You will learn about ticket issuing and checking and will meet our passengers and visitors as they explore the railway.

The end of the day is spent cleaning the coaches and shops and preparing for the next day.

Locomotive Department

Locomotive volunteers begin by being trainee fireman assisting around the engine shed, learning about the engines and railway working practices. Fireman who have mastered the art of getting the best out of the engine under all conditions then begin to learn the art of driving a steam locomotive under careful supervision. Drivers are deemed competent after assessment by the Locomotive Inspector.

Footplate crew must by friendly and enjoy talking to members of the public.

Engineering Department

The Engineering Staff at Aviemore maintain the engines and undertake a large variety of engineering tasks. Jobs are available for those possessing engineering skills. However, previous knowledge is not essential, as work will be found to suit each volunteer.

Outdoor Work

The Permanent Way squad maintains the track bridge and fences along the Railway. The work can be strenuous, undertaken in all weather the Highlands can offer! Work is often concentrated around the "P Way" Weekend each month, though frequent outings are made independently during the month.

A Work Week is also organised, during July or August, which usually tackles bigger projects. You are welcome to volunteer for the Squad at any time.

Signal & Telegraph

This is another area you would be welcome to work in. You would be under the supervision of professional Signal & Telegraph Engineers helping to maintain the signals, signalling equipment and points on the Railway.

Don't Forget

Everyone on the Strathspey took the plunge and volunteered for the first time.

You will be among people who have a great enthusiasm and passion for the Railway.

We need YOUR help and enthusiasm. Help will be given with planning your visit , what to wear whilst on duty and where to report to on your first day.

Information can also be given on accommodation (we have a Volunteer Hostel at Aviemore) and public transport to Aviemore.




Contact the Strathspey Railway to learn more about Volunteering

Please use the form below to make initial contact with the railway's volunteer co-ordinator

Contact Form