Vounteer at Bluebell Railway

If you would like to volunteer at Bluebell Railway but are unsure about which department you would like to join, come along to one of out Find Out More Days.

Please note that you will need to be a BRPS member to volunteer at the Railway.

Find Out More Days will be held on the following dates in 2020:

  • 9 February
  • 8 March
  • 12 April
  • 10 May
  • 14 June
  • 12 July
  • 16 August
  • 13 September
  • 11 October
  • 8 November

For further information please email: volunteering@bluebell-railway.co.uk.

Commercial Director


As a PLC Board member, the Commercial Director is responsible for the commercial and marketing policies of the Bluebell Railway and for the achievement of the company’s commercial objectives. The Commercial Director delegates day to day management of the department to the Marketing Manager.

This is a volunteer post that carries no remuneration or specific hours of duty. However, the successful applicant will require sufficient time and flexibility to effectively undertake this role and preferably to have experience in sales and marketing activities to meet the requirements of the post.

If you believe you have the right qualifications and experience for this job please send your CV to lisa.boyle@bluebell-railway.co.uk or contact 01825 724884.

Competence Standards Manager


The successful applicant will be responsible for the routine management of the Safety Critical Work training and associated competence management systems applicable to Signalmen, Guards, Shunters and Station staff.

The successful applicant will have a good knowledge of modern training and competence assessment systems and be committed to developing a strong culture of compliance to ensure the requirements of the Safety Management System are met. It will be essential to develop effective working relationships with functional Inspectors and other key operating department players who are embraced by the Safety Management System and the Railway Safety Critical Work (RSCW) regulations.

This post would be suitable for a trainer, assessor or indeed existing qualified Inspectors who hold a similar qualification and have experience of the skill sets in the disciplines concerned.

A keen desire to influence this important area of compliance using interpersonal skills appropriate to departments that consist completely of volunteers is essential.

These are also volunteer posts that carry no remuneration or specific hours of duty although the successful applicants will require sufficient time and flexibility to be present at the railway to effectively undertake these roles.

If you would like to know more about these opportunities informally in the first instance, please contact lisa.boyle@bluebell-railway.co.uk

Marketing and Events Volunteers

The Marketing and Events department is looking for volunteers to help with the railway’s marketing outputs and event delivery.

Tasks may include:

  • Inspiring new ideas for marketing and events
  • Photography and videography
  • Advert distribution
  • Gathering visitor feedback
  • Event assistance
  • Car parking attendants

Please contact Charlotte Archer by email to find out more: charlotte.archer@bluebell-railway.co.uk

Safety Assurance Clerical Assistant


The Safety & Assurance team are looking for a volunteer to help collate accident & incidents information, produce reports, file information and provide general support across a whole range of day to day safety and assurance administration tasks.

As this is a volunteer role, availability and hours are subject to mutual agreement, however some weekly help would be useful
but not essential.

Applicants will need to be computer literate, organised and ideally have some knowledge of spreadsheets & metrics.

If you are interested please use the contact form below.

Locomotive Footplate


We are currently looking to expand our team of footplate inspectors.

This is an opportunity for someone with strong footplate skills & a thorough working knowledge of both the footplate itself & the operational requirements of the Locomotive Department including the Railway’s SMS.

The importance of ensuring that a person’s ability on the footplate is correctly assessed is paramount and as such requires a structured & objective approach at all times. The role is generally suited to drivers with 5 or more years’ experience, although other candidates will be considered. You must also be prepared to commit sufficient time to undertake the role.

If you are interested in applying for this role, you will be required to participate in a formal interview & further assessment training will be given to the successful candidate.

If you would like to know more about these opportunities informally please contact the locomotive superintendent on chris.knibbs@bluebell-railway.co.uk to request an application form please contact lisa.boyle@bluebell-railway.co.uk.

Volunteer Car park attendants

We are looking for volunteers to help during our busy events to oversee our visitor parking by directing and managing our customers to available spaces and helping answer relevant queries.

Applicants should be self-motivated, enthusiastic and a good communicator. The role would require duties for 3 to 4 hours at a time, usually morning or afternoon.

Applicants must have their own transport.

To register your interest please call Lisa on 01825 724884 or use the contact form below.

Catering Department seeking volunteers

The Catering Department are seeking volunteer staff for our various outlets at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead and our premier Golden Arrow dining train and Lounge car service providing a first class experience at weekends and during the evening.

Our Buffets open before the first train departs and closes after the last train arrive back at Sheffield Park.

Trains run every weekend and also run midweek from April through to December. If you have experience of retail that would be an advantage, but no experience is required. All training and uniform would be provided.

Volunteers would work on a regular rota depending on their availability.

The role in the buffets would include serving customers with snacks, drinks and may involve stocking shelves during the day to replenish stock and clearing tables.  It can be a busy environment during peak times.

The Golden Arrow dining train and Wealden Rambler require you to serve on a moving train.

In addition to the satisfaction gained from working in a heritage railway environment, there is an opportunity to enjoy staff discounts on a range of goods and services.

If you like working and meeting people then this could be the role for you.

You will need to become a working member of the railway to be a volunteer. Please look on our website for more details.

If you think this is something you could do then to join this fantastic team of volunteers please contact Simon or Megan on 01825 724881 or complete the Contact Form below

Education Volunteer

The education department of the Bluebell Railway is expanding and needs you!

Roles may include;

  • Be part of our exciting and interactive SteamWorks! exhibition as an interpreter
  • Conduct fun science experiments.
  • Assist with family event days.
  • Guide school parties around our exhibits.
  • Facilitate outdoor education.
  • Escort school parties on the steam trains.
  • Get creative.
  • Dress up and role-play in our ‘WW2’ evacuation experience.
  • Gain experience and build an attractive C.V.

We are looking for people with an interest in Heritage Learning. If you like working with people of all ages, are a good communicator, want to learn new skills and share some of your own, then this could be the volunteering opportunity for you.

Contact Ruth on 01825 720800 or use the Contact Form below to register your interest and find out more.

Buildings Manager

The successful applicant will be responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance of the company’s buildings.

Building management, architectural, design, surveying, construction or similar qualifications/experience are necessary to effectively undertake this role.

This is a volunteer post that carries no remuneration or specific hours of duty. However, the successful applicant will require sufficient time and flexibility to effectively undertake this role and have the appropriate technical competencies to meet the professional requirements of the post.

If you believe you have the right qualifications and experience for this job contact Lisa on 01825 724884, or use the Contact Form below.

Locomotive Works department volunteers

The locomotive workshop is open 7 days per week and is seeking skilled machinists to join the team to carry out the maintenance, overhaul and repair of the railway’s historic collection of steam locomotives.

Volunteers must have either completed an engineering apprenticeship or have other equivalent qualifications. Skills essential for this post include machining and fitting mechanical parts with demonstrable competence in the use of manual operated lathes and milling machines.

Please contact Chris Shepherd by email on chris.shepherd@bluebell-railway.co.uk