Yorkshire Heritage, Yorkshire Hospitality Come Join our team.

Discover new adventures, new friendships and develop new skills. Come and volunteer at Elsecar Railway.


Join our 100% voluntary team to discover new adventures, all you need is a big yorkshire smile.

Discover new adventures, new friendships, new purpose and new skills as you help us keep our heritage trains running.

With a wide variety of roles we have something to interest everyone and you don’t have to be a train enthusiast to get involved. We offer training and support across our roles and many offer competence certificates and references that make excellent CV and skills evidence. We welcome beginners, let us show you how a railway is run!

From giving a smile to a customer, to cleaning the loos, to making tea, to serving food on the train, to selling tickets, to answering the phone, to taking bookings, to driving or firing a steam locomotive, to repairing the track and buildings, to doing the weeding, to helping with publicity, to arranging events, or telling visitors about our history - we have many exciting activities to get involved in. Have a chat with one of our team or ask to meet our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss volunteering opportunities at Elsecar Heritage Railway.

"I was looking for something to do at weekends and I've not looked back since, i've been welcomed into the team from day one and they dont make a bad cup of Yorkshire Tea either..."

Volunteers are welcome from 16 years old. We accept volunteers who are 14 or 15 years old provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who also wishes to volunteer.

Volunteers under 18 years old are not able to carry out Safety Critical Work. To undertake railway operations Safety Critical Roles (like fireman) you will need to be be physically and mentally fit, be prepared for early starts and long days and to get filthy, and be prepared to study, train, sit examinations and be assessed you are competent to undertake the role.

For customer service roles we love to meet volunteers who can give the friendly, smiling service that Yorkshire hospitality is famed for. For those who like to work quietly behind the scenes then we have maintenance and engineering teams who do great work in keeping everything in working order, or many administration tasks in our office team, so important to keeping our business alive.

We are an equal opportunities organisation so welcome people from all backgrounds, even from Lancashire!

For more information about volunteering, please contact us.

Elsecar Heritage Railway volunteers laying down gravel
Elsecar Heritage Railway volunteers bridge
Elsecar Heritage Railway volunteer driving steam engine
Elsecar Heritage Railway Santa Special

Want to know more about our volunteering?

Then take a look at this video created for us by Students from University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

“Had a lovely time on the Santa train my nephews loved it. The staff make it fun and they are all friendly, and the presents are really nice”

“WHat a jewel right here in Yorkshire went today had a fantastic day and the Steam footplate experience is well worth doing, i got to drive a 040 saddle tank engine built in 1948...

“Great little Railway. Good footplate experience!”

“We had our first ride on the santa special yesterday with our just turned 2 year old. It was magical from start to finish and we had the best time!...”

Mr Smith & Family

Footplate experience

“Amazing experience i love it a lot. Thanks to the team that dreams come true, great! I appreciate their attitude and approach. Truly professional!”

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Contact Us

Like to learn more about EHR, have any questions, or simply want to let us know what you think of EHR please contact us:

T. 01226 740203

E. enquiries@elsecarheritagerailway.co.uk

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