Join Us!


The backbone of the South Devon Railway is the volunteers who play a key role in the operation of the railway in a range of positions and the funding of a variety of projects.

SDR volunteers provide the train crews (drivers, firemen, guards and travelling ticket inspectors) on our trains, as well as a range of other tasks, from booking office clerks and station staff, to catering staff, signalmen, guards, and buffet staff. In addition, there are engineering jobs in the workshop, platelayers on the permanent way, restoration work in the Carriage & Wagon department and a whole range of jobs in the Signal & Telegraph department.

You don’t need any special skills – 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.

All new volunteers attend an Induction Day at the railway, which helps everyone get to know the railway and some of the key people and places, and also find out more about the various roles and tasks that go on with a view to making a decision as to where they would like to work. 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!