We have a large number of structures and buildings along the line, which all need maintaining, and, in many instances updating. Volunteers with civil engineering, building or electrical experience are particularly needed either to work within Station Groups, or directly within the Infrastructure Department.

Permanent Way

Have you noticed how smooth travelling along the railway is whilst seated in one of our historic coaches? This is down to the efforts of our PW team who are in a major programme of relaying sections of worn out track and ballast. They have access to some of the most advanced equipment in the heritage railway sector to help but really their efforts are mainly down to their own strength. The volunteer PW team supports a small paid team of PW experts and it is not just the tracks that they look after. Their work includes maintaining bridges, embankments, culverts, fences and walls and a host of other things that enable trains to pass safely. Away from the line, near Pickering, the PW team maintain the fleet of Civils vehicles that they use and if you fancy and have the aptitude to learn how to drive and operate a tamper, we will give you all the training you need.

Signalling and Telecommunications

As you travel along the line you will probably have noticed the range of signals, both mechanical and electrical, that we use to control the trains. What you see however is the tip of a complicated network of cables, levers, rods and all the other items that are required to ensure a safe system which allows the right signal operates at the right time – all installed and maintained by our S&T team.

It doesn’t just stop there as the team is also responsible for a myriad of other communication items including links between signal boxes, internal phone systems, computer networks and crossing gates. 

Volunteering Commitment:

  • Become a member of the railway. 
  • Attend Induction Course. 
  • Commit to attending on average at least two occasions per month or equivalent throughout the season. 
  • A reasonable level of health and fitness is required. 


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