Volunteers are the backbone of the South Devon Railway; they play a key role in the operation of the railway in a whole range of positions and the with the funding of a variety of projects.
Almost all of our train crews are volunteers; performing the roles of drivers, firemen, guards, travelling ticket inspectors and buffet attendants. As well as roles on our trains there are a whole host of other tasks off the trains, from booking and enquiries office clerks, to station staff and signalmen.
In addition to front line operational roles, there are plenty of other hands-on roles from engineering jobs in the workshop, to platelayers on the permanent way, restoration work in the Carriage & Wagon or station restoration departments, cleaners and shed hands in our locomotive running shed and a whole range of jobs in the Signal & Telegraph department.
For those who like to keep their hands a little cleaner or can not get down to the railway very often, we have plenty of admin based roles including jobs organising events with our special events team, roaming reporters for our social media and newsletters, assistants in our shop or cafe, plus a whole host of other administrative tasks.
You don’t need any special skills to be a volunteer with the South Devon Railway – but if you do, let us know as we can most probably put them to good use, whether they are railway skills, engineering, building, DIY, general management and administration or even gardening! Volunteers often have an interest in a specific area so we will give them any necessary training to enable them to help.
The first step for all new volunteers is to attend an Induction Day at the railway; this introduces you to the railway and some of the key people and places, and also lets you find out more about the various roles and tasks that go on with a view to helping you decide what role/s you are interested in. Some new volunteers already have a very clear idea of what roles they want to do, and some have no idea at all – whichever you are, you are most welcome!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer – contact us now!