The SDR is mainly operated by volunteers but does have a small number of paid staff.

We currently have the following vacancies for paid positions.

Fabricator Welder

We currently have a full time vacancy for a FABRICATOR/WELDER to work in our Boiler Shop at Buckfastleigh. Work principally involves welding of heavy gauge steel items for locomotive boilers but may be of any other railway or general engineering items. Ability to weld stainless steel or copper will be an advantage as the work we carry out can be in all these mediums.

Successful applicants will need to be capable of welding to BS9606/Pt. 1 or equivalent.

Salary c. £23,000-£28,000


We are looking for a full-time FITTER/MACHINIST to work in our workshops at Buckfastleigh. We require somebody who is both enthusiastic and skilled in mechanical maintenance and restoration within the heritage railway industry. The applicant should have a full range of skills, knowledge and experience applicable to maintaining and re-building steam locomotives. Skills will include turning, milling, boring, drilling all on conventional machine centres. South Devon Railway not only maintains its own fleet of locomotives and carriages but also has a busy contract engineering department carrying out work for other heritage railways and train operating companies operating on Network Rail.

Salary commensurate with skills c. £22,000-£25,000


To express interest in the above vacancies please send a brief CV to:-

The Workshop Manager, South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0DZ or by e-mail requesting a job application pack.


Posted 11.06.19.


There are also always vacancies for volunteers!

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