Vounteer at Bluebell Railway

It is now easier than ever to become a volunteer at the Bluebell Railway.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact our dedicated volunteer coordinator Graham Aitken by emailing: volunteer.coordinator@bluebell-railway.com

We will then talk to you about the roles you are interested in and arrange a visit so you can find out more.

Graham said: “Earlier this year after being interviewed for and appointed to the post of Volunteer Coordinator, I have been determined to introduce a simple system whereby potential volunteers can actually speak to a real person and discuss roles in which they are interested in undertaking. Hopefully they can agree a date when the potential volunteer can visit the railway to either learn more or to start their new career as a volunteer.”

There are over 50 roles that can be undertaken by volunteers, and these are shown on the following list, which also gives broad details of any qualifications or skills needed, or preferred.

We also require a commitment from you to attend regularly, usually a minimum of twice a month, although this will depend on which role you undertake. Note that some roles are only required on specific dates or periods and this information will be clarified when you are contacted to discuss you preferred role.

 

Locomotive Shed Foreman

The successful candidate will be responsible for organising the day-to-day work of the department (other than rostering).

  • To act as first line manager for cleaning staff and other staff who work in the department, who do not undertake footplate duties.
  • To work with staff in the Locomotive Dept (Works) to see that the locomotive fleet is available for service in a clean and serviceable condition.
  • To take a lead in the recruitment, induction and first line training of new staff into the department, in liaison with the locomotive inspectorate.

This a volunteer position that carries no remuneration or specific hours of duty but requires a reasonable time commitment.

If you are interested in applying for this role and feel you have the experience please email lisa.boyle@bluebell-railway.com for an application form.

Closing date: 10 December 2021

Estates Manager

We are recruiting a volunteer Estates Manager to improve on the management of the Bluebell Railway’s land ownership.

Reporting to the Infrastructure Director, the post holder will be responsible for all aspects of estate management, including:

  • Dealing with boundary issues and encroachments, including up-dating Land Registry documentation if necessary.
  • Managing leases (residential & commercial), licences and any land sales. This could include dealing with negotiations.
  • Preparing and maintaining a database of wayleaves, easements and licences.
  • Advising and assisting with applications for planning consent.
  • Preparing Board reports and papers.

The post carries no remuneration or specific hours of duty. However, the successful applicant will require sufficient time and flexibility to be present at the railway to effectively undertake this role and will have experience in estates management and related activities.

If you believe you have the right qualifications for this job and would like to discuss the opportunity, please email your CV and contact details to lisa.boyle@bluebell-railway.com or contact 01825 724884.

Carriage and Wagon Works

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Horsted Keynes Mechanical Engineers CV detailing qualifications or evidence of experience as, for example, fabricators, fitters, mechanics or welders. On-site interview will be held to discuss qualifications and frequency of attendance
Horsted Keynes Carriage restoration Skills, or a willingness to learn woodworking, electronics, metalwork, painting and plumbing. Regular
Horsted Keynes Seat upholstery Basic knowledge of woodwork and working with fabrics. Full training will be given. Regular
Horsted Keynes Goods van and wagon restoration Skills, or willingness to learn of carpentry, metalwork and painting. Regular

Catering

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead Front of House Interpersonal skills. Full training will be given. Regular
On train Buffet car attendants Interpersonal skills. Full training will be given. Regular
On train Fish and Chip train stewards Interpersonal skills. Full training will be given. Regular – mainly Friday evenings
On train Santa and SteamLights stewards Interpersonal skills. Full training will be given. Santa – December daytimes

SteamLights – November and December evenings

On train Great Northern Saloon stewards Interpersonal skills. Full training will be given. Occasional

Commercial

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park Customer service assistants Computer literate, organised, good communicator, methodical with excellent interpersonal skills. Commitment to regular days and hours
Sheffield Park On train guides Customer facing – must be able to talk to people. Weekly
Sheffield Park Education coordinator and assistants Skilled in communicating to primary and secondary school children. Must be able to communicate with interest and passion. Weekly
Sheffield Park Marketing assistants Working knowledge of Serif for graphic design. Ability to talk to customers and act on feedback. Skills in developing and delivering training programmes. Weekly
Sheffield Park Speakers to give talks and lectures about Bluebell Good knowledge about our railway and a confident speaker to businesses, clubs and rest homes. Skills in developing and delivering training programmes. Occasional
Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes Wedding assistant Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to help with the setting up before and clearing up after each wedding. Occasional
Sheffield Park Santa assistant Help with decorations, packing presents, stacking presents and delivering them to other stations. Own transport required. Seasonal daytimes (November and December)
Sheffield Park SteamLights assistant As part of the delivery team for this event you will need to be able to undertake tasks in a timely and detailed fashion. Seasonal evenings (November and December)
Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead Events staff Assorted roles such as meeting and greeting visitors, car parking attendants, and putting up and taking down tents. Occasional

Infrastructure

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Horsted Keynes Permanent Way engineers Must be fit, able and willing to work outdoors undertaking tasks that include track maintenance and renewals, lineside clearance, lineside fencing and buildings maintenance. Regular or occasional depending on activity
Horsted Keynes Signal assistant technician An individual who will enjoy working in a small team maintaining and faulting mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Must be reasonably fit and enjoy working outside, in inclement weather during emergencies. Ideally have experience in electrical and/or mechanical engineering, but positions are also available in more physical applications. Training in the black art of railway signalling is the department’s speciality. Team usually meets daytime on Wednesdays and Sundays
Horsted Keynes Assistant telecommunications technician An individual who will enjoy working in a small team maintaining and faulting mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Must be reasonably fit and enjoy working outside, in inclement weather during emergencies. Ideally will have experience in telecoms equipment. Team usually meets daytime on Saturdays
Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead Friends of each station groups General DIY maintenance group with skills in bricklaying, carpentry, electrics, gardening, painting and plumbing welcomed. Regular

 

Loco Works

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park Mechanical engineers CV detailing qualifications or evidence of experience as, for example, machinists, fabricators, welders and fitters. On-site interview will be held to discuss qualifications and frequency of attendance
Sheffield Park Atlantic House Mechanical engineers CV detailing qualifications or evidence of experience as, for example, machinists, fabricators, welders and fitters. On-site interview will be held to discuss qualifications and frequency of attendance

 

Museum

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park Stewards A person who will enjoy welcoming visitors, both adults and children, to our exciting museum. (Knowledge of the history of railways is not necessary). Regular
Holmwood/ Home Archive team Good communications skills, use of PC, basic knowledge of MS Excel. Ability and knowledge to catalogue photographs. Experience making high resolution scans of photos, negatives and slides. Experience using image editing software. (It is not necessary to have all of these skills.) Regular (monthly) and as necessary at home to meet timescales

 

Operations

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead Station staff Interpersonal skills. Full training will be given. Regular
Sheffield Park Booking Office Clerks Good interpersonal skills, plus a good head for figures, and a knowledge of the Railway so as to answer questions from our visitors and to sell them tickets Regular
Sheffield Park Passenger train guard Must be a safety qualified member of station staff. Regular
Sheffield Park Goods train guard Must be a qualified Passenger train guard. Occasional
Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote Signal (wo)men Must be a safety qualified member of station staff. Regular
Sheffield Park Engine cleaners Full training will be given. Regular
Sheffield Park Fire (wo)men Must be a qualified engine cleaner. Regular
Sheffield Park Drivers Must be a qualified Fire(wo)man. Regular
Sheffield Park Shunters Operations experience necessary with top up training given. Regular
Sheffield Park Carriage cleaners Full training will be given. Regular
Sheffield Park Operations clerk Good computer skills to maintain the Operations competency system – BROOSS, Regular
On train Travelling ticket inspectors (train guides) Good interpersonal skills and willingness to speak to passengers about what to see and do at the Bluebell Railway. Regular (From Spring 2022)

 

Personnel

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park Personnel and admin assistants Absolute discretion, an eye for detail and must be organised. Regular

 

Retail

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park Shop assistants Excellent interpersonal skills and commercially minded. Regular
Horsted Keynes Shop assistants Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work on own. Regular
Online Shop Shop assistants Good working knowledge of computer and website skills and required to package and post online purchases. Regular

Bluebell Railway Trust

Where What Qualifications/skills needed Commitment
Sheffield Park/ Home Funding Manager Ability to work with the Trust Governors to help with finance ongoing restoration of heritage assets and in the future of the railway. Key attributes required are use of initiative, versatility and the ability to get on with people. Regular
Sheffield Park/ Home Management Accountant Must be a qualified accountant or have extensive computerised accounting systems. Key attributes are experience of versatility and the ability to get on with people. Regular