Get on board!
Volunteering at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Have you always wanted to get hands on at a heritage railway? Do you love talking to the public about your passions? Would you like to be part of a friendly team who work together to make a difference?
Your skills could be just what we need!
Without the help of our volunteers, our railway could simply not operate. All roles at the railway are open to volunteers – from office and station duties, booking office, shop and buffet, train crews (both steam and diesel, including drivers, firemen, guards, and ticket inspectors), Permanent Way and Signal & Telegraph work, and the maintenance, repair and restoration of carriages, wagons, and locomotives. All these activities and more are undertaken with the enthusiastic support and guidance of our full-time professionals.
Volunteering with us offers a fantastic opportunity to try your hand at something different, learn new skills and experience life behind the scenes at a heritage railway and much-loved visitor attraction. Better still, you’d be helping us to ensure that our heritage railway survives for another generation.
To find out more about the general requirements for volunteering please read this briefing note.
Did you know, the majority of our team are volunteers?
The railway is maintained and operated by its volunteers with the support of a small team of dedicated and professional staff. Whether it’s the train crew, the booking office clerks, the office staff or the people who carry out the restoration and maintenance work that helps to keep the railway in first class condition, we’re all passionate about what we do and want to make a difference.
Volunteering is good for you!
Whether you’re looking to make friends, gain valuable skills, or just do something different, the benefits of volunteering are plentiful.
Here at the BWR, our volunteers receive a number of additional benefits, including:
Free travel on all service trains
Discounts on special trains and our dining train
15% discount on the majority of items sold in the Gift Shop
Free tea and coffee from the Cornish Rail Coffee Co. at Bodmin General
Travel concessions on several other heritage railways
The opportunity to purchase a Heritage Railway Association Inter-Rail Pass
Invitations to staff/volunteer events
Who can volunteer?
Our volunteers are people of all ages over 14, all backgrounds and genders, but who all share a common aim – to do their bit towards ensuring a bright future for the BWR.
Some joined as school children, others when they retired. Some have particular skills, others are totally unskilled. All are equally welcome and have an important part to play in the continued future success of the railway.
So – whether you wield a paint brush or a sweeping brush, a hammer and chisel or a computer or a till, we need you! Why not come along and join the team!
If you are considering volunteering but have a disability or you want to apply on behalf of someone with a disability then this briefing note will give initial guidance.
How to join
There are always vacancies and new volunteers are warmly welcomed to the friendly team who keep the Railway’s wheels turning.
Simply fill in the application form to Volunteer, and we will be in touch to welcome you to the team.