Running an award-winning heritage railway isn’t just about the grease monkeys that keep the magnificent locomotives moving.
There are host of roles from serving teas in the café to selling tickets with a smile and tending the flower beds that make the visitor experience special.
Middleton Railway have a range of roles available for people who are looking for a new experience. Research shows that regular activity and social interaction such as working in a group, are good for our health which can be especially important following retirement, but volunteer roles are open to people of all ages.
The attraction is entirely run by volunteers and has been since the trust took over the historic stretch of track in 1960. The friendly team are extremely flexible so whether you’re confident to chat to visitors or prefer a backroom role, they will do their best to find a role to fit you. Training and support will be provided while you’re finding your feet.
On the technical side, the railway is always looking for apprentice trained fitters and also woodworkers. The carriages and trucks are wooden and need regular repair and renovation. You will be working with quality materials and have the satisfaction of seeing your handiwork riding up to Middleton.
“It’s a very rewarding job,” says Charles Milner, the Trust’s Chair. “When you see customers coming back having had a good time and enjoyed their visit and knowing that you are helping to preserve a key aspect of the community’s history.”
“We run a happy ship,” adds Janet who runs the shop and cafe. “We have a laugh and we get the job done.”
The Railway is open every weekend between April and October as well as December plus Wednesdays in school holidays. Working hours are 9am-5pm, but you can work half days as necessary. Volunteers are typically expected to work at least one day per month.
To find out more please email email@example.com, call 07376 744799, or visit the railway on its Community Day, Saturday 1 April for a chat and a free train ride.