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Published on August 24th, 2016 | by Perrin


Have you ever dreamed of becoming a train driver or being in charge of a Station? 

The Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells has today launched an appeal to find new volunteers to help with the running of this popular heritage railway which runs steam and diesel trains between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge stations.  The vacant positions include station masters, guards, maintenance and of course train drivers.

The Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells is completely reliant on volunteers to run its trains and stations, in particular Tunbridge Wells West, where the majority of the railway’s passengers start and finish their journeys.

The existing 225 volunteers at the railway help to deliver railway experiences including Driver Experiences, Afternoon Tea, Fish & Chip Suppers, Dining on the High Weald Belle and popular events such as Days out with Thomas, Peppa Pig and Santa Specials.

There are plenty of interesting vacancies available for enthusiastic volunteers including ticket office staff who often decide to become Station Masters after their time in the ticket office.  The railway also needs catering staff to work in the static buffet car “Emily” at Tunbridge Wells West.

The General Manager is seeking an enthusiastic commercial manager with plenty of ideas to help develop the commercial running of the railway – although this is voluntary position there is the opportunity to grow the role into a part time paid opportunity in the future.

Currently in the Operations Department there are vacancies for Engine Cleaners, which is the starting point before progressing to Fireman and then Driver!  As soon as a volunteer starts work in the operations department they will be rostered for turns on the footplate.

Volunteers are also needed in the original LBSCR Engine Shed, to help restore some of the steam and diesel locomotives as well as the carriages.

General Manager, Jonnie Wesson said, “I started as a volunteer when I was just 13yrs old, over time I gained competencies to do various jobs such as train driving and by the time I reached 23 I was responsible for the day to day running of the railway!”

If you have a few hours to spare to help us keep the railway open for years to come please see our volunteers page on the website www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk  email volunteering@spavalleyrailway.co.uk or contact us on 01892 537715.

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